Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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Sour Cream Leaves a Sour Taste

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

Vegetable oil was found in five brands of sour cream in Armenia.

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Customers who purchase sour cream expect it to be a pure dairy product without additional non-dairy fats and oils. In Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan, Armenia’s State Food Safety Service discovered that five of 16 sour cream samples were altered with vegetable oil, which led to a thorough inspection of the five companies. Armenia’s “Law of Food Safety” clearly states that sour cream is counterfeit if it contains vegetable oil without proper labeling.


Arka News Agency (April 8, 2019). “Examination reveals vegetable oil in five brands of sour cream” Retrieved from

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