Horsemeat in burgers was hard to swallow, but there are far more sinister culinary crimes afoot...
Chicken eggs that haven't come from chickens, melamine in infant's milk, nut shells in spices - these are just some examples of the food fraud that has occurred in recent years. As our urban lifestyle takes us further and further away from our food sources, there are increasing opportunities for dishonesty, duplicity and profit-making shortcuts.
Sorting the Beef from the Bull features a series of food fraud tales from around the world. It explains the role of science in uncovering some of the century's biggest food scams, and explores the arms race between food forensics and fraudsters as new methods of detection spur more creative and sophisticated means of committing the crimes. This book equips us with the knowledge of what is possible in the world of food fraud and shines a light on the shady areas of our food supply system where these criminals lurk.
Richard Evershed FRS is Professor of Biogeochemistry at the University of Bristol. He researches the diets and agriculture of our ancestors and the environmental impacts of modern farming systems. The analytical chemical methodologies he has pioneered are used widely. In the area of food fraud his team developed a method for detecting the highly lucrative but illegal adulteration of vegetable oil. Nicola Temple is a biologist, conservationist and science writer. Her writing has taken her from the precipices of volcanoes in Ethiopia to the banks of salmon streams in Canada's temperate rainforest. Based in Bristol, Nicola works with universities, research councils and individuals to develop engaging science stories on how research has an impact beyond the closeted world of academia. It was while investigating the impact of Richard's work that Nicola was first introduced to the world of food fraud. nicolatemple.com / @nicolatemple
Introduction: Fraud 101 1: A creaminal record 2: What's your beef? 3: A slippery deal 4: FINgerprinting 5: Hummuside 6: White collard crimes 7: The future of fruit forensics 8: Sniffing out crime 9: Prevention and personal safetea