Pomegranate juice, olive oil and tuna among list of ‘healthy foods’ found to be contaminated by cheap additives
- Healthy ingredients added to a list of foods regularly being bulked out with cheap – and sometimes harmful – substitutes by manufacturers
- Pomegranate and other fruit juices, white tuna, olive oil, powdered spices and maple syrup all appear in the Food Fraud Database
Most diners would feel pretty virtuous after a meal of tuna prepared in olive oil, washed down with a glass of pomegranate juice.
But all three supposedly healthy ingredients have appeared on a lists of foods that some manufacturers are regularly bulking out with cheaper – sometimes potentially harmful – fillers and substitutes.
The ‘food fraud’ list was compiled by the respected U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, which sets quality standards for food and medicines, as it warned consumers that items on supermarket shelves are not always exactly what they seem.
Other fruit juices and jams, maple syrup and powdered spices including saffron and turmeric also appear in the organisation’s database of foods to be wary of.