The growing fight against food fraud

                    Major food companies are banding together to ensure that ingredients area as advertised  When you’re shopping at the grocery store, you probably expect that the olive oil you see came from, well, olives. And that the organic vegetables were never exposed to toxic chemicals, the cod fillet is sliced from a member of the cod species and the spices are the pure ground form of whatever flavoring they represent. Increasingly, however, there’s a chance you might be wrong. In recent years, there has been an uptick in reports of so-called food fraud, or attempts by various entities-including storage workers, suppliers and distributors-to alter products and mislead customers and food companies alike for financial gain.  Governments are starting to fight back. In 2014, the U.K. created a food-crime unit that solicits reports of food fraud. The institute for Global Food Security lab In Belfast anonymously tests products sent in by people worried about fraud-a process that’s easier than ever, thanks to advances in technology. And there are efforts in the U.K., the U.S. and China, among other nations to increase the penalties for companies that get caught selling shady foods.