Perth Now: Food fraud is so lucrative that organised crime syndicates are now involved, TSW Analytical’s chief executive Cameron Scadding says. Mr Scadding, also a forensic chemist, said the explosion in demand for healthy and ethically produced foods is also being exploited.

The booming industry around expensive organic produce is expected to exceed $US100 billion this year. It’s hardly a surprise then, Mr Scadding said, to see cheaply produced foods passed off as organic. Mr Scadding said there were health risks in product substitution and adulteration — the common types of food fraud. Though even when the food is safe to eat, the consumer is still being ripped off.

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