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Fake food: you probably don’t realise it but you’ve probably eaten it at some point in your life. In fact, Larry Olmsted, author of a new book on fake foods, believes that almost every person who has dined out in a restaurant has at some point encountered fake food.
Olmsted is the restaurant columnist at USAToday and has published a new book called, Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do about It, an interesting publication that looks closely at a problem most people don’t know exists.
Olmsted lists certain foods where chefs and diners are often duped: olive oil, honey, kobe beef, coffee, orange and apple juice, cheese and even rice is listed.
He says that 91% of seafood in the US is imported and only 2% of that is legally required to be inspected. He adds that Red Snapper is one of the most commonly mislabelled foods and only 6% of the fish being sold is the real deal, the rest is often tilefish or tilapia.
Olmsted also looks at DNA testing of foods and how this could be the way in which the industry brings transparency to the supply chain.
Take a look at the video below and don’t miss the second video, which shows how the professionals make fake display food.