Sixty Percent (60%) Increase in Food Fraud

Increase in Food Fraud

By No Name Attorney and GeoBeatsNews

Food processors are feeling the economic pinch and some of them are sidelining their ethics as food fraud is increasing.

The U.S. Pharacopeial Convention’s food fraud report database increased approximately 60% in the last year.

Milk, honey, spices, olive oil, coffee, spices and maple syrup were frequently diluted or replaced with cheap spices.

One way to avoid the risk of food fraud is buying whole foods instead of processed foods.

The information was reported by GeoBeatsNews.  They have a short, informative 1 minute, 6 seconds clip you might find interesting.

Natural” or “All Natural” Misleading Food Labels

Natural” or “All Natural” Misleading Food Labels

The Problem:

When you see the word “Natural” or “All Natural” on any food labels a red flag should be raised in your mind.  The ingredients of any product using “Natural” or “All Natural” should be closely examined

Why are “Natural” or “All Natural” Misleading Food Labels?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no standards or definitions as to what is a “natural” food.  (Compare that to the detailed standards of what is an “organic” food and you’ll see it is the difference between night and day.)

With the lack of any standards, companies just come up with their own definition that fits their marketing plans.  Moreover, the terms “natural” and “all natural” are used on food labels to confuse the consumer into thinking that the food is organic.  Reality is that “natural” foods are far from organic standards, courtesy of the agricultural bio tech companies (i.e., Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences) and the food processing industry.

As the Cornucopia Institute (2011) stated:

…[T]he farms and processing plants that produce ingredients for “natural” foods are not prohibited by law from using dangerous pesticides, genetically engineered crops, fumigants, solvents and toxic processing aids.  These agricultural and manufacturing inputs are not required by law to be listed on ingredient labels.

Misrepresentation, Deceptive “Cancer” Within the Food Processing Industry

The Cornucopia Institute sent several “all natural” and “natural” labeled cereals to an independent research facility for analysis to see whether the claims were accurate.  The results were shocking.  Kashi “Go Lean” found 100% GMO soy in the cereal.  Kix Cereal, advertised as “All Natural Corn” had 56% of its corn content GMO corn.  Barbara’s Puffins cereal, touting a label “All natural since 1971” migrated from being organic to primarily genetically engineered.  There were similar findings for other “all natural” and “natural” cereals and granolas. (Click here for report by Rodale, “11 Natural Cereals That Aren’t”)

Even Monsanto, the company that is at the forefront of genetically modifying the food supply, defines on its corporate website “Gentically Modified Organisms (GMO):

Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.  In general, genes are taken (copied) from one organism that shows a desired trait and transferred into the genetic code of another organism.

So do you think these industry food labeling practices amount to misrepresentation, fraud, products liability or unfair and deceptive trade practices?

Some consumers think so and have started suing companies in class action suits.  Frito-Lay (owned by PepsiCo) was sued for misrepresentation, unfair trade and products liability regarding most of their food products. Similar lawsuits have been filed regarding misleading “all natural”  food label claims against Kraft, Kellogg and ConAgra.

I do not blame these consumers.  Since government fails to address these abuses, then maybe more class action lawsuits need to be filed against these companiesIf they are going to use the term “natural” on their food labels then it should convey that the food product is free of “unnatural” ingredients, such as GMOs and pesticide residues.  Additionally the Cornucopia Institute noted these so called “natural” products “are not protected from toxic fumigants used on crops in storage, and toxic solvents used during processing.”

Fight Back & Improve Your Health

Until the government becomes pro-consumer on this issue, you should:

1.        When buying processed food, if the ingredients do not use the term “organic” and has soy, corn, cottonseed oil, canola, refined sugar, sugar beets, crookneck squash, papaya or zucchini, assume GMO seeds were used.

2.        Look for foods labeled organic, GMO free or non-GMOYou can’t assume and trust these days anymore that things are by their marketing presentation.  IT MUST BE ON THE FOOD LABEL OR ON CONTAINED IN A WRITTEN DOCUMENT (i.e. Thrive’s written allergen and product details report) OR IT IS NOT ORGANIC, GMO FREE OR NON-GMO.  This is the only means we have left to hold food manufacturers accountable for what you put inside your body.

3.        Buy meats in which the animal was not given the bovine growth hormone.

4.        Buy dairy products that are rBGH and rbst free.

5.        Stop patronizing food processing manufacturers that use GMOs, have pesticide residues or use fumigants, solvents or toxic processing aids.

 

Addendum to Post:

Since posting this page, Dr. Mercola, published his own analysis of the situation.  You should read it.  It confirms everything I wrote and more.

My questions to you:

   Do you desire to be healthy or want to keep you and your family’s health?

   Do you want to spend less money on health care in the long run?

   Do you want the best quality of life?

  Why would you pay someone or some company your hard earned money for food that puts you at risk and potentially is damaging to your health?

These companies giving us all of these GMOs, putting neurotoxins or excitotoxins in their processed food (to improve their taste and get us “addicted” so they’ll have more sales) will not be there when we suffer with  all numerous serious health conditions and the aftermath.   They also will not be paying your medical bills or watching your savings erode (the financial struggles) trying to treat your illness.

No, they have already laughed their way to their bank.  If you try to sue them, they’ll claim:  (1) Caveat emptor (meaning “buyer beware”); and (2) You can’t prove that they were responsible since so many other food items you bought were contaminated.

The way to win is minimize your riskDon’t buy their food!  When you buy their food you’re subsidizing socially irresponsible conduct.  When you don’t buy their food, you let them accept their just fate.  If enough people did this, these companies will either change their ways or go out of business.

It is really simple.  We have the power.  It only takes a small percentage of people to vote with their dollars to get the job done.  We know the economy is challenged.  These companies are more vulnerable financially than you are.  If they lose a small percentage of business it means either selling their company, shutting it down or filing for bankruptcy protection.

We Vote on Our Health With Our Dollars!”™

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You save money buying healthy Thrive freeze dried foods.  Not only will you minimize the impact of food inflation through food storage, eliminating waste and lowering your monthly grocery expenses  (see  “Cheaper than the Grocery Store”) but you’ll be giving yourself  healthy food for your body.  Because it offers GMO free, MSG free, aspartame free, rBGH and rbst (animal hormone) free foods, you can use the foods you eat to help build up your immune system or lessen your allergies.  When shopping always use our Allergens Chart which identifies potential allergens or reactives that might be relevant to you (i.e., gluten, wheat, soy, etc.)

Thrive is Premium, Healthy Freeze Dried Food.

After battling multiple health issues (see “About Me”) and seeking GMO free (genetically modified organisms) foods for groceries and food storage, I came across Thrive as a solution to my food and nutrition needs.  It helps protect and build my immune system and reduce allergies.  There’s a growing body of medical research that GMOs, MSG, “hidden MSG”, and aspartame may be adversely affecting our health (see “Healthier than the Grocery Store”).  GMOs have been linked to altering DNA, increasing allergies and adversely affecting our immune system.  Studies of rats eating a GMO diet showed a variety of adverse effects on them, including, but not limited to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, infertility, organ failure, etc.  MSG and aspartame have also been negatively linked to the same or similar adverse health effects (see Allergens & Reactives”).

With Thrive Foods you have a healthy alternative that saves you money!

Thrive foods are the best quality at the lowest priceShelf Reliance guarantees you get the lowest food prices working with an independent consultant.  They have 4 pricing levels on their freeze dried food:

Retail (You go to the Shelf Reliance website and purchase through the company directly. The black bar across the page identifying the consultant is not present.)

Web Store -Home Party Price (You purchase off a consultant’s web store or through one of their parties. You see a black bar across the page identifying the consultant’s name.  (This store is identified as “survive-thrive.us” on the black bar.)  Savings approximately 5 to 15%.

Q Club (This is their frequent buyer program, where you agree to purchase a minimum amount, i.e., $100, per month.   Savings approximately 10 to 25%.)

Unadvertised Specials (These are periodic specials, heavily discounted, i.e., up to 45% off, that the independent consultant emails you the pending specials. These specials are not publicly posted in the web store. They are password protected.  To receive them you must give the independent consultant your email address per corporate policy.  Once I have your email address I will email you the password.)

If you are interested in deep discounts, would like to see the unadvertised specials, then please email me at thrive@northstate.net.  You can also use the contact button in my store to contact me.

As an attorney (see “About Me” tab) I have a special sensitivity to privacy and confidentiality issues.  Your information is kept private and is not shared.  I only send out emails with the monthly sale specials, unadvertised specials and new products added which is usually once a month.  I also will share once a month  food supply, health articles or videos you might want to read on GMOs, food additives and how they adversely impact our health.  Many of you are like me trying to purify our food supplies and eat healthy.  It can be done.

Knowledge is power!

Explore this website.  It contains a condensed summary of facts (with links to reputable third party sources) about issues going on with our food supply that are causing a broad range of health issuesEven if you don’t purchase anything from my store, I encourage you to share this site with others.  We need to learn more about what makes us healthier and how to avoid illness.  When you look at the scientific data and research, excessive calorie consumption is not the real poster child.  Learn why and you’ll get healthier!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at thrive@survive-thrive.us. Isn’t now the time for you to save money buying healthy Thrive freeze dried foods?

“We Vote on Our Health With Our Dollars!”™

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