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Real Food/Fake Food

September 13, 2016 Leave a comment

I’m honored to be quoted in Larry Olmsted’s New York Times bestseller, Real Food Fake Food.

Food fraud is a recurring and pervasive problem in many industries – seafood, olive oil, wine, honey, and many more; even rice.

Why food fraud? Much is economically motivated, i.e., follow the money. But this can be much more than just a hit to the wallet; food that is not what it purports to be can cause injury.

How can it be stopped? Transparency and traceability are two tools that can help. Some consumers are also turning to class action lawsuits to try and clean up the industry.

Food Fraud – More Emerging Risks

August 3, 2016 1 comment

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Image Credit: Mauro Alvarees and Q Costa Rica

Just when I thought I understood the vast extent of food fraud, FoodLawLatest reported about another one: rice made from plastic. Rice is one of the cheapest foods available, so I had not considered that it presented a risk of economic fraud.

If someone is making a profit from selling a food, then there is a motive and opportunity for someone else to sell a counterfeit version of it. This problem is worldwide — from fake bottled water in China, to counterfeit Smirnoff vodka in Europe, to mislabeled seafood in the U.S. And this problem is not limited to high-value products.

Although some fraudsters are criminally prosecuted, some consumers who discover food fraud seek justice with class action lawsuits.

 

Tip Skimming from Waitstaff is a Serious and Under-Reported Problem

Food safety is about more than just pathogens and pesticides. It’s also about making sure that the people who grow, process, cook, and serve our food have safe working conditions and are treated fairly:

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Image Credits: Los Angeles Coalition Against Wage Theft (available at UCLA Labor Center website).

Tips provide a substantial portion of restaurant workers’ income. However, some management personnel unlawfully take some or all of those tips. Please see my new article about tip skimming in the June 2016 issue of Plaintiff Magazine to learn more about the under-reported problem of wage theft.