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    Fraud Is Fraud

    Busted. This time a New Jersey seafood importer is headed to the clink for 22 months for fraudulently importing pangasius and was ordered to pay $64 million in restitution for evading tariffs. 6...

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    Broken Windows Theory

    We often mention the broken windows theory when we encourage FDA to focus some resources on economic fraud violations. The willingness to cheat or not understand the economic regulations (e.g., net we...

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    Can Science Fairs Help?

    Early in my career as a food scientist I would volunteer to be a judge at the local science fair. I was always amazed at the advanced level of science being achieved by the high school students. I don...

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    A Different View of Food Fraud

    Its funny what pops-up when you ask Google to search for blogs on food fraud. Today this posting from WebMD come across my email - Food Frauds That Can Wreck Your Diet. This has nothing to do with sea...

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    Science to Combat Fraud

    News out of Canada this week looks to science to detect food fraud. Nicholas Low a professor at the University of Saskatchewan is developing a molecular internal tagging system to track food product...

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    Gotcha Carolina Style

    Investigative reporting on species substitution in restaurants always makes for an interesting story. Reporter visits several area restaurants, orders a fish dish (typically grouper, snapper or some t...

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    People vs. Ralphs

    Net weight violations made the news again this time it was Ralphs, a major grocery chain in California, being charged by the LA City Attorneys office for short weighting consumers. Not just ice-glaze...

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    Word is Out (Part II)

    Some more on the Word is Out. A month after the NCWM release of results of the investigation by states looking at the weight of frozen seafood products we still see some press pick-up. The Chicago Tri...

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    The Many Faces of Food Fraud

    We tend to have a limited view of fraud in the seafood industry:Intentionally packing short weight product by including the weight of the glaze as part of the net weight of the productSelling fish as ...

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    Honestly Presented

    Did you know that the FDA Food Code has a provision that says that species substitution is against the rules? Well apparently this is not very clearly stated in the Food Code because we frequently see...