The Golden Goose, A Timeless Moneymaker

Another extreme case of spice fraud uncovered: Grimm’s Fairy Tale got it right after all: The “Golden Donkey” (German expression for “Golden Goose”) does indeed exist. In India, officials shut down a factory producing fake turmeric, chili powder and other spices and condiments. Authorities confiscated mostly inedible and hazardous ingredients which included man-made pigments and colorants, acids, hay and last but not least, donkey dung. Health impact and where the “spices” were sold in retail are under investigation.

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Picture Credit Susanne Kuehne

Posted on 13 January 2021