Sorting the Beef From the Bull

Sorting the Beef From the Bull

The Science of Food Fraud Forensics

Book - 2017
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Horse meat in our burgers, melamine in our infant formula, artificial colors in our fish and fruit--as our urban lifestyle takes us farther away from our food sources, there are increasing opportunities for dishonesty, duplicity, and profit-making shortcuts. 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 labeling a food falsely to appeal to current consumer trends--it's all food fraud. Consumers may pay the ultimate costs for these crimes, with their health and, in some cases, their lives. So how do we sort the beef from the bull (or horse, as the case may be)?

Illustrious biogeochemist Richard Evershed and science writer Nicola Temple explain the scientific tools and techniques that have revealed the century's biggest food fraud scams. They explore the arms race between scientists and adulterators as better techniques for detection spur more creative and sophisticated means of adulteration, and review the up-and-coming techniques and devices that will help the industry and consumers fight food fraud in the future. Engagingly written, Sorting the Beef from the Bull lifts the lid on the forensics involved in food fraud, and brings to light the full story of a fascinating and underreported world of applied science.

Publisher: London :, Bloomsbury Sigma,, 2017
Edition: Paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781472911353
Branch Call Number: ANF 664.07 EVE
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Temple, Nicola - Author

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sherry_library Jun 06, 2016

This author will be at Ottawa Public Library on June 8, 2016 for an author reading and Q&A at the Carlingwood branch. Check our Programs & Events page to register.

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