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Sorting the Beef from the Bull Audiobook

Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics

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Horsemeat in our burgers, melamine in our infants' milk, artificial colors in our fish and fruit... As our urban lifestyle takes us further and further away from our food sources, there are increasing opportunities for dishonesty, duplicity, and profit-making shortcuts. Food adulteration, motivated by money, is an issue that has spanned the globe throughout human history. Whether it's a matter of making a good quality oil stretch a bit further by adding a little extra "something" or labelling a food falsely to appeal to current consumer trends - it's all food fraud, and it costs the food industry billions of dollars each year. The price to consumers may be even higher, with some paying for these crimes with their health and, in some cases, their lives. So how do we sort the beef from the bull (or horse, as the case may be)?

This audiobook explains the scientific tools and techniques that revealed the century's biggest food fraud scams. It looks in detail at the biggest scams in recent times; drawing on the lead author's extensive experience at the forefront of the fight against these fraudsters, it goes on to explore the arms race between scientists and adulterers as better techniques for detection spur more creative and sophisticated means of adulteration. Finally, it looks at the up-and-coming techniques and devices that will help the industry and consumers fight food fraud in the future.

Engagingly written by Richard Evershed and Nicola Temple, this book lifts the lid on the forensics involved and brings the full story of a fascinating and underreported applied science to light.

©2016 Richard Evershed & Nicola Temple (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Stretch
    10/24/16
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    "Nice scientific approach to dodgy foodstuff"

    Lots of different foodstuffs reviewed on how they have been adulterated historically and recently with what scientific tests can be done to authenticate the real food.

    Very interesting, I didn't realised quite how many foods were adulterated and lengths that some people go to just to make a few pence per litre or kg even though they put thousands of people's lives in danger

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. P. Andrews
    Reviewsville
    10/5/16
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    "Congrats, you successfully blinded me with science"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This seems to be written for people with a PhD in Chemistry. I don't have one of those so listening to long lists of chemical compounds and lists of Latin fish names just comes across as overly pompous show offery on the author's part. Also hugely contradictory, telling us that you get what you pay for in one breath and then that what you pay for probably isn't what you thought it was. Like a couple of freshers showing off their science knowledge--honestly don't know how or why I bothered getting to the end.


    What will your next listen be?

    The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair


    Have you listened to any of Thomas Judd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but the narrator is the only positive in this mess


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    Angry at the immature writing style. Could have been very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid it unless you have a science degree.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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