Sorting the Beef from the Bull The Science of Food Fraud Forensics

by Richard, FRS Evershed, Nicola Temple

Popular Science The Real World

Sorting the Beef from the Bull The Science of Food Fraud Forensics Synopsis

Horsemeat in burgers was hard to swallow, but there are far more sinister culinary crimes afoot...Chicken eggs that haven't come from chickens, melamine in infant's milk in China, nut shells in spices - these are just some examples of the food fraud that has occurred in recent years. As our urban lifestyle takes us further and further away from our food sources, there are increasing opportunities for dishonesty, duplicity and profit-making short-cuts. Food adulteration, motivated by money, is an issue that has spanned the globe throughout human history. Whether it's a matter of making a good quality oil stretch a bit further by adding a little extra 'something' or labelling a food falsely to appeal to current consumer trends - it's all food fraud, and it costs the food industry billions of dollars each year. The price to consumers may be even higher, with some paying for these crimes with their health and, in some cases, their lives.

Sorting the Beef from the Bull The Science of Food Fraud Forensics Press Reviews

'Fascinating and eye-opening, Sorting the Beef from the Bull is full of examples of how unsuspecting consumers around the world are being fooled by fraudsters. Everyone who cares about the quality of food should read this informative, enthralling book.' -- Guy Crosby, science editor for America's Test Kitchen

'Nicola and Richard have opened up the complex world of food fraud into a comprehensive and well-researched journey through the food groups, alerting us to the scurrilous scams of pirates and profiteers. The technical complexity in identifying tricks of the trade are tantalisingly described within the context of stories, which bring fascination and relevance to the most ignored and pervasive mysteries of our daily lives.' -- Diana Spellman, Managing Director of Partners in Purchasing

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ISBN: 9781472911339
Publication date: 25/02/2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472911339
Publication date: 25th February 2016
Author: Richard, FRS Evershed, Nicola Temple
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Genres: Popular Science, The Real World,
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About Richard, FRS Evershed, Nicola Temple

Richard Evershed FRS is Professor of Biogeochemistry at the University of Bristol. He researches the diets and agriculture of our ancestors and the environmental impacts of modern farming systems. The analytical chemical methodologies he has pioneered are used widely. In the area of food fraud his team developed a method for detecting the highly lucrative but illegal adulteration of vegetable oil. Richard believes deeply in wholesome food and the responsibility of suppliers to ensure its quality and authenticity, especially given 'we are are what we hope we're eating!' Nicola Temple is a biologist, conservationist and science writer. Her writing ...

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