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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
Food Fraud Quick Bites

Four Decades Of Food Fraud

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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For more than 40 years, a syndicate of bribed government and custom officials and slaughterhouses did lucrative business by smuggling fake halal meat into Malaysia. The meat originated in unapproved slaughterhouses in several countries that produced not halal-certified and low-grade meat from a variety of animals. This scandal was a setback on Malaysia’s goal to become one of the world’s main halal meat exporters, which is a multi-billion dollar business.


  1. South China Morning Post. (December 30, 2020). “Malaysian cartel allegedly sold fake halal meat to Muslims for 40 years”.
Impossible Burger

This Bleeding Burger Is…Meat-Free

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If it looks like beef, smells like beef, handles like beef and tastes like beef, it should be beef, right? Wrong. And it bleeds too, according to Impossible Foods, maker of the plant-based product. The Impossible Burger is made without antibiotics, hormones, cholesterol or artificial flavors, and is free of slaughterhouse contaminants. In addition, it uses about 75% less water, creates roughly 87% fewer greenhouse gases and requires about 95% less land than conventional ground beef from cows. The product consists of water, wheat protein, potato protein and coconut oil, while heme, a “magic molecule”, creates the flavor and smell of cooked meat.

Impossible Foods, based in Redwood City, California, was founded 7 years ago by a former Stanford University biochemistry professor. The privately held company makes plant-based meat and dairy products. The company’s Impossible Burger has increased in popularity as consumer seeks more sustainable foods and is served in 1000 restaurants nationwide.

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