25 Insane Food Scandals That Actually Happened

In simpler times, most families ate whatever came off their farm and sold the rest. However, in the modern age, most everyone gets food from the supermarket. With large production lines pumping out food for the masses, problems are almost inevitable. While most scandals have been harmless, in rare cases, food contamination has lead to death. Curious about what issues have cropped up over the years? Here are 25 insane food scandals that actually happened!

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Rotting Frozen Meat in China

SteakSource: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/china/china-seized-rotting-frozen-meat-1970s-smuggling-crackdown-n380756

In 2015, there was a major crackdown on meat smugglers in China. In one bust, they found $500 million worth of meat that was way past its expiration date, some dating back to 1970! Often, the smugglers wouldn’t refrigerate the meat, causing it to thaw and freeze several times between shipments.


Bottled Tap Water

bottled waterSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190027/Asda-Tesco-selling-tap-water-bottled-water-confusing-customers.html

People who buy bottled water usually do so thinking it’s at least filtered and not coming from the faucet. However, many water bottle companies don’t even filter their water even if it does come from tap water. You might want to think twice before shelling out the cash for a certified plastic bottle.


Krispy Kreme Donut Club

krispy kremeSource: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/02/17/krispy-kreme-kkk-event-apology/23551235/

In England, a Krispy Kreme advertised a donut club they were running called “KKK Wednesday.” Their abbreviation stood for “Krispy Kreme Klub,” but little did they know KKK also stands for a notorious racist gang in the United States. They quickly apologized for it and removed the ad.


Noodles with High Lead Levels in India

Maggi_masala_noodlesSource: http://fortune.com/nestle-maggi-noodle-crisis/

Nestle’s Maggi noodles had a huge market share in India until news broke out that they registered seven times the allowed amount of lead in the food. It killed their brand, resulting in multi-million dollar sales losses.


Beef Flavored Fries

Fries_cookingSource: http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=93386&page=1

Leave it to McDonald’s to sneak in foreign ingredients into things like French fries. Though most people would assume French fries is a vegetarian food, they would be wrong if they ate at McDonald’s. After being sued for fraudulent claims, McDonald’s came out admitting their french fries had a “trace amount” of beef flavoring. They include it in their nutritional information as “Natural flavor.”

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