When we think about food, it’s usually about flavor, health, or maybe price. But sometimes, what’s happening behind the kitchen doors can lead to real drama. Over the years, the food industry has faced several scandals that have not only shocked us but have also changed the way we look at what we eat. Take a look at the top ten food scandals that truly shook the industry and made us question our next bite. Do you remember them?

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Horse Meat Scandal (2013)

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Foods advertised as beef were found to contain horse meat, affecting several European countries and raising questions about food labeling and consumer trust.

Melamine Milk Scandal (2008)

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In China, milk and infant formula adulterated with melamine caused widespread health issues among children, highlighting severe lapses in food safety standards.

Olive Oil Fraud

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Numerous incidents of cheaper oils sold as high-quality extra virgin olive oil, affecting consumer trust and sparking regulatory crackdowns.

Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak (2009)

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Peanut butter products tainted with salmonella were knowingly shipped out, leading to illnesses and deaths, legal fallout, and bankruptcy filings.

Mad Cow Disease (BSE) Crisis (1980s-1990s)

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The outbreak in the UK led to a major drop in beef consumption and changes in food safety practices.

Dioxin Scandal (1999)

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Dioxin in animal feed affected chickens, eggs, and other products in Belgium, with widespread health and economic impacts across Europe.

Starlink Corn Recall (2000)

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GM corn approved only for animal feed was found in the human food supply, leading to U.S. recalls.

Sudan Red Dye Contamination (2003)

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Carcinogenic industrial dye found in chili powder and sauces in multiple countries led to mass product recalls.

Listeria in Cantaloupes (2011)

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Contaminated cantaloupes caused one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S., stressing the importance of hygiene in agriculture and processing.

Fipronil in Eggs (2017)

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Millions of eggs were recalled across Europe due to contamination with fipronil, an insecticide hazardous to human health, causing a major scandal and political tensions.

12 Foods Containing The Most Pesticides That You Should Buy Organic

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It turns out that the crunch of an apple or the sweetness of strawberries might come with an unwanted extra: pesticides. These chemicals, aimed at keeping pests and diseases at bay, tend to linger more on some fruits and veggies than others. Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) lists the “dirtiest,” most heavily sprayed foods. Here’s what to avoid this year or choose their organic counterparts.

Read it Here: 12 Foods Containing The Most Pesticides That You Should Buy Organic

Are These 9 Food Additives Poisoning You?

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Ever wonder what’s really in your food? Beyond the main ingredients, there’s a whole world of additives that can do everything from extending shelf life to enhancing color and flavor. But while they keep your chips crispy and your soda sweet, some of these chemicals might not be doing your health any favors. Take a closer look at a few common food additives that have sparked controversy and concern among health experts.

Read it Here: Are These 9 Food Additives Poisoning You?

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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