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