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Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics (Bloomsbury Sigma) Hardcover – 25 Feb 2016

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma (25 Feb. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472911334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472911339
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.1 x 0.9 cm
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... Sorting the Beef from the Bull should be a must-read ... (David Firn, Financial Times)

The truth, as this eye-opening book shows, is that food crime is a global problem. (Daily Mail)

This is a thoroughly practical book. It's not all about science and global supply chains, it's also engagingly down to earth. (Country Life)

Evershed and Temple's book does more than detail the food industry's lengthy crime sheet. It also explores how the fraud is committed, how it can be overcome and, sadly, how the fraudsters are staying ahead. (Resurgence & Ecologist)

Fascinating and eye-opening, Sorting the Beef from the Bull is full of examples of how unsuspecting consumers around the world are being fooled by fraudsters. Everyone who cares about the quality of food should read this informative, enthralling book. (Guy Crosby, science editor for America's Test Kitchen)

Nicola and Richard have opened up the complex world of food fraud into a comprehensive and well-researched journey through the food groups, alerting us to the scurrilous scams of pirates and profiteers. The technical complexity in identifying tricks of the trade are tantalisingly described within the context of stories, which bring fascination and relevance to the most ignored and pervasive mysteries of our daily lives. (Diana Spellman, Managing Director of Partners in Purchasing)

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The story of food fraud forensics.

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Great book - eye opening and interesting. I work for a lab which tests food for authenticity and it's amazing what we see.
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Perfect !!
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It’s not often you come across a sentence like ‘Put bluntly, this is uncontrollable anal leakage of an orange to greenish oil – maybe not what you had in mind for those fancy new third-date underpants’! but there it was…

Sorting The Beef From The Bull sets out in an engaging way the analytical methods that can be used to detect food adulteration through the use of case studies.

These case studies made the book for me, they are used to great effect to explain the methods that can be used to detect adulteration in food. The studies made a subject that could have been very technical and abstract into an accessible engaging read, with a dash of wit.
Although some of the studies were known to me for example, toxic oil syndrome toxic oil syndrome resulting from the adulteration of oils, this book showed me I had forgotten more than I realised and so was a great refresher.

Sorting The Beef From The Bull provides a broad understanding of the wealth of science used behind the scenes in the food fraud arms race. I now take the Public Analyst reports I get back a little less for granted.

It’s a credit to the book that normally when I talk about ‘food safety’ with friends and family, eyes start to glaze and faces twitch but whilst on holiday I caught members of my family having a read. This led to some interesting conversations around the dinner table about what was on our plates in front of us - Every family meal should be enjoyed with the question “Did you get this beef from Maggot Pete?” and “No this is not literally the dog’s dinner’.

This is definitely one for students, professionals and anyone in between…. You will never look at an egg in the same way again!
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By Autamme_dot_com TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 July 2016
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You may be forgiven for never wanting to eat again when you’ve read this book and learnt about some of the attempts to rip off the food customer over time. Food fraud is sadly big business and despite scientific advances and greater observation it is still taking place, each and every day.

The author serves up a comprehensive look at what some of us have been eating and it is very unpleasant, concerning reading. In many ways, we are allowing ourselves to be taken advantage of, since we are increasingly further and further away from the source of food and we don’t necessarily really know what happens along the food chain. Maybe a little additive falls into an oil to increase the profit margin for someone, maybe meat is “refreshed” to make it eatable or usable within bulk production or maybe what we think is a premium product has more humble origins.

This is though a fascinating read. The authors explain how food frauds have been detected and how there can be a bit of an arms race between those who will rip us off and those who are charged with detecting such abuses.

Science is wonderful yet it can have some less-desirable attributes too. Everyone knows what happens to a cut apple, for example, within a short time; yet chemical additives apparently can make a one-week cut apple seem like new… as long as you don’t mind a deceptive chemical cocktail as a side-serving. How would you know if your vegetable oil has been adulterated short of drinking it…? Vegetable oil is a commonly adulterated product and whilst it might do the job it is intended to, maybe it is not as pure and clear as you think but get it wrong and it can be deadly.
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Good read but scary what manufacturers are doing to our food!
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