Adulterants

Unintentional food and beverage contamination can occur at all stages in the food cycle. This includes growing/raising of crops/animals, as well as the various processing, packaging, and storage steps. It is unfortunate that contaminants can also be purposely introduced, for financial gain or to intentionally cause harm. A few areas of interest include:
  • Melamine; blended into raw materials to boost protein value
  • Honey; dilution with an inferior product to boost volume
  • Essential Oils; dilution with an inferior product to boost volume
  • Spices; addition of dyes to achieve a desired color