Counterfeiting of popular food items

Counterfeiting of popular food items

Counterfeiting of food products is so common that we do not know that the food we are having is fake or not. Eateries, markets and roadside food joints have counterfeit food products in abundance. This was not the case a few decades back when counterfeiting of food was a limited to few places. Now with the evolution of technology counterfeiters have resorted to advanced forms of counterfeiting. They are not just copying the visual look of the product but are also using cheap grade packaging machines to mimic the original branding.

But it is not just the packaged food products which are being counterfeited it is also the raw and unprocessed food items which are also bearing the brunt. Counterfeit food items pose a serious threat to the health of the consumers. Regular consumption of fake food items can cause kidney failure, digestion issues and liver diseases. It is better to stay aware before buying food items for you and your family. Here are some common food items which are adulterated and counterfeited on a large level.

Orange juice

Orange juice is an exotic refreshment. However, it is being counterfeited widely and people are being duped. Fake orange juice can contain beet sugar, ascorbic acid, orange pulp wash, grapefruit solids and even a byproduct from a water distillation system.


Honey adulteration is being practised on a large scale across the world. According to a food safety news, 75 % of the honey bought from the stores had no pollen. This was quite shocking because people were consuming maple syrup and corn syrup in place of honey. Phony honey does not provide any health benefits it just infuses your body with loads of sugar.


Blueberries are a rich source of anti-oxidants. Besides being available raw they are also found in protein bars, shakes, ice creams and desserts. But what you may be considering as a juicy chunk of blueberry could be a glop of sugar, corn syrup, starch, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavours and artificial dye. In most cases, it is difficult to check the authenticity of the blueberry.


A recent report by FSSAI claimed that 65 % of the milk supplied in Indian households is fake and contains a high amount of toxins. Some of the adulterants used in milk include urea, hydrogen peroxide, machine oil, detergent, caustic soda, starch, lard, non-potable water etc.


The highly priced saffron strands are being counterfeited across the globe on a large scale. The common adulterants used in counterfeiting of saffron include calendula flowers, turmeric, corn silk, poppy petals, dyed onions, gypsum, chalk, starch, borax and glycerin, tartrazine, barium sulfate etc.


If you are buying raw coffee beans and grinding them at home, then there are chances that your morning coffee is pure but in case of packed coffee powder the chances of adulteration is high. The coffee powder can be faked with powdered twigs, roasted corn, caramel, figs, starch and roasted date seeds.

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