January 4, 2010

NEVER EAT OUTSIDE THE HOUSE:

NYC Students Reveal Food Fraud with DNA Barcoding: Looks like "sushi-gate" wasn't the last of consumers' worries (Jeremy Hsu, 01.04.2010, Popular Science)

Two high school students armed with DNA barcoding tech uncovered quite a few food shenanigans in New York City markets. Examples include expensive "sheep's milk cheese" made from cow milk, "venison" dog treats made from beef, and "sturgeon caviar" that was actually Mississippi paddlefish.

The findings of consumer fraud in 16 percent of sampled products emerged from a "DNA House" project by Brenda Tan and Matt Cost, both 12th grade students at the Trinity School in New York City. Their work echoes the 2008 "sushi-gate" discoveries of two other Trinity students, which revealed mislabeled fish in Manhattan restaurants and markets.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 4, 2010 5:31 PM
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