FDA: Food producers substituting ingredients

January 22, 2009 8:40:30 AM PST
Could some of your favorite foods be fakes? There is concern some food producers may be substituting cheaper ingredients to cut costs. Olive oil is one of the most common counterfeits, but some producers are using soybean oil instead -- which is not as good for you.

Tests show off-brands from discount stores are the biggest problem.

Experts say you should buy name brands instead.

The FDA says producers are adding corn syrup, cane sugar or beet sugar to honey and maple syrup and fish is faked often. In some cases, sushi labeled as red snapper turns out to be farm-raised tilapia and salmon filets labeled wild could really be farm raised.

None of these counterfeit foods will make you sick but they can be a waste of money.


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