High contaminant levels found in oregano

A recent study found that samples of oregano collected from across Europe had been adulterated. Although it is known that oregano is vulnerable to adulteration – with manufacturers and suppliers adding other leaves such as hazelnut, olive, myrtle or sumac to produce more product, in order to keep up with demand – food fraud remains an issue. Read more…

Out of 76 samples of oregano, researchers found 34 samples to be adulterated. They also contained higher levels of pesticides than the 42 samples that were genuine, and tested positive for pesticides more often. The purpose of this analysis, and of future screenings of oregano, is to ensure the herb is safe for the public to use and consume.

Many other herbs – such as vanilla, turmeric, paprika and saffron – are also prone to adulteration, as they are in high demand.

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