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THIS SECTION IS FOR NEWS AND INTERESTING STORIES RELATED TO FOOD, NUTRITION AND FOOD PROCESSING. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO KOSHER BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO THE KOSHER CONSUMER, MANUFACTURER OR MASHGIACH.

The following news is from the Barfblog on October 24, 2015 and globalmeatnews on October 26, 2015.

Clear Labs is a startup company that is using DNA sequencing to analyze the contents of food to combat food fraud. Clear Foods tested hot dogs and sausages. "Around 3 percent of the samples found pork where it shouldn’t have been, most often in meats labeled as chicken or turkey, and around 10 percent of the vegetarian products contained meat. "Human DNA was found in 2% of the total samples and in two thirds of the vegetarian products tested. It found evidence of chicken in 10 samples, beef in four samples, turkey in three samples, and lamb in two samples in products that were not supposed to contain those ingredients."
Vegetarian products seemed to have the most problems across the board: Four of the 21 vegetarian samples had hygienic issues (accounting for two-thirds of the hygienic issues found in the report), and many vegetarian labels exaggerated the protein content by up to 2.5 times the actual amount." "The tests discovered 10% of vegetarian products contained meat." including "chicken in a vegetarian breakfast sausage and pork in a vegetarian hot dog."

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