Book Launch of Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics with Nicola Temple

2016 06 Jun
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Book Launch of Sorting the Beef from the Bull: The Science of Food Fraud Forensics with Nicola Temple
Horsemeat in burgers was hard to swallow, but there are far more sinister culinary crimes afoot...

Chicken eggs that haven't come from chickens, melamine in infant's milk in China, nut shells in spices – these are just some examples of the food fraud that has occurred in recent years. As our urban lifestyle takes us further and further away from our food sources, there are increasing opportunities for dishonesty, duplicity and profit-making short-cuts. 

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.

Sorting the Beef from the Bull is a collection of food fraud tales from around the world. It explains the role of science in uncovering some of the century's biggest food scams, and explores the arms race between food forensics and fraudsters as new methods of detection spur more creative and sophisticated means of committing the crimes. This book equips us with the knowledge of what is possible in the world of food fraud and shines a light on the shady areas of our food supply system where these criminals lurk.

7 PM
Monday, June 6 2016
Octous Books Centretown
@25One Community
251 Bank St. 2nd floor

“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

“... Sorting the Beef from the Bull should be a must-read ...” –  David Firn, Financial Times,

“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,

About the Author

Nicola Temple is a biologist, conservationist and science writer. Her writing has taken her from the precipices of volcanoes in Ethiopia to the banks of salmon streams in Canada's temperate rainforest. Based in Bristol, Nicola works with universities, research councils and individuals to develop engaging science stories on how research has an impact beyond the closeted world of academia. nicolatemple.com / @nicolatemple 

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