Consumers’ confidence in food has suffered enormously from the various cases of food fraud in recent years. Herbs & spices are in the top 10 of the most falsified food products worldwide. Products can be partially replaced by low-quality product-specific material or by product-free material. In the case of adulteration of spices, it mainly revolves around partial replacement.
According to the definition of the European Spices Association (ESA), adulteration is ‘the commercially motivated, deliberate and intentional inclusion of components whose presence is not declared’.
Examples of adulteration include:
Ingredients, additives or components that are not approved for the food industry.
Ingredients, additives or components that have been approved for the food industry, but are not specified as a component.
Herbs and spices from which valuable ingredients have been omitted and / or extracted.
With adulteration in mind you can ask yourself the questions:
Did you get the product you selected and purchased?
Does the product have the expected taste quality?
How is your food integrity ensured?
Did you get good value for money?
Are there sensory deviations in your product?