Food Fraud! Watch out for 'wild salmon' and a few other fakes out there

The United States food supply is more reliable than those found in many other countries, but there are still some common scams to look out for: Consumer Reports found that most "wild salmon" advertised in grocery stores is actually of the less desirable farm-raised variety. A lot of olive oil is actually soybean oil and honey and maple syrup can be diluted with water and sugar by opportunists looking to make a quick buck. Click through our gallery to see which foods to beware of.

"It's really just fraud, plain and simple," Gavin Gibbons of the National Fisheries Institute told the USA Today, referring to mislabeled seafood.

I'm not much of a gourmet myself but here's my question: If you buy "wild salmon" and believe it's wild salmon and enjoy it, isn't it just as well that you were able to save a few bucks because you were misled? It's mind over matter. I'm not defending the lying liars who are pushing diluted maple syrup but it's actually healthier if it's thinned out a bit with water. And if you can't tell the difference, who cares? Just be grateful that there's no lead in it.

On some products it matters more. Olive oil is popular in part because of strong evidence of its health benefits and depriving people of that with mislabeled benefits poses a serious problem. In any case, we should not start falling prey to this sort of scam. Today, it may just be water added to your maple syrup, but who knows what's next?
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