Lies in the food industry are rampant, yet few consumers realize the extent of producers’ untruths. This means that when the truth does come out, it’s a huge scandal. Take the 2013 horse meat scandal – 63% of consumers said their trust in the industry was damaged as a result, which pushed increasing numbers of us to look to smaller, independent producers for our food.
Unfortunately, the horse meat scandal is only one example of many lies being spilled by food industry giants.
Did you know for instance that in the USA, if the food contains less than 0.5g of trans fat per serving it can be labeled as trans-fat free? Sure, less than 0.5g might not sound like much, but if a lot of the foods you’re eating contain these “insignificant” amounts, the total consumed can soon add up.
If the food industry was more open about what they sell – if they told us where their food comes from and were completely honest about what it contains – they may be able to begin earning consumers’ trust back.
That might sound logical to you and me, and yet, it seems they’re not listening. The horse meat scandal might now feel like a distant memory, but we shouldn’t stop paying close attention to the origin and contents of our food. Here are some of the many other lies we’re still regularly being fed.
An infographic by Ship It Appliances.