Food fraud

Natalie Whittle at the Financial Times – The fight against food fraud:

“We picked up reports of people getting ill from eating cumin in Canada. They were getting ill from anaphylactic shock from eating curries.” The cumin had been cut with peanut shells. Small retail businesses selling spices in larger quantities may buy direct from their countries of origin — which provides another opening for organised criminals to penetrate supply chains that are not as heavily regulated, says Elliott.

I had previously thought that the cumin incident was due to poor packaging, storage conditions or some other mishandling of the food. I hadn’t thought that it could be due to fraud. This is unsettling.