by Joyce Hung

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barcoding, beef, burgers, dna, food, horsemeat, isotope, laser, sushi

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DailyDirt: Are You Sure You're Eating What You Think You're Eating?

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

It seems like every day there's another report of problems with our food -- E. Coli in beef and packaged salads, Salmonella in canteloupe, Listeria in packaged sliced apples, etc. Worries about bacterial contamination in food is pretty common, but it seems like we should also be worrying about whether the food we're eating is really what we think it is. Recently, there was the scandal in the UK over beef products that contained horsemeat. But thanks to modern day technology, scientists are now able to test food products and determine whether they are indeed what they claim to be. Here are just a few examples.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Feb 2013 @ 5:36pm

    DNA detection is too sensitive?

    It only takes a little bit of DNA to freak people out. That's probably why they don't test for human DNA. Protein is protein...

    Imagine how much insect DNA is in the food you eat.

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