Adulterated Food

Food Adulteration

On the Servsafe there has been said to be questions related to “honest” food or “adulterated” foods, So what the %£$ does this mean. Does food lie to people? Is food acting in an inappropriate way that needs out of view of the kiddies. To honestly present food means to

provide food to customers in a way does not mislead or misinform them.


A typical food safety question on Servsafe:

Q – Foods that are decomposed or produced in unsanitary conditions are considered:

  1. Adulterated Foods
  2. Potentially Hazardous Foods
  3. Gourmet
  4. Potable

Your answer: –

Answer – A -Adulterated Foods are foods that are decomposed or have been produced in unsanitary conditions. Since these two conditions will most certainly lead to food borne illness, it is important to label foods with their date of entry into the restaurant, as well as source foods from reputable sources.


ADULTERATION OF FOOD. “Adulteration” is a legal term meaning that a food product fails to meet federal or state standards. Adulteration usually refers to noncompliance with health or safety standards as determined, in the United States, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Definition of Adulterated Food

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act (1938) provides that food is “adulterated” if it meets any one of the following criteria: (1) it bears or contains any “poisonous or deleterious substance” which may render it injurious to health; (2) it bears or contains any added poisonous or added deleterious substance (other than a pesticide residue, food additive, color additive, or new animal drug, which are covered by separate provisions) that is unsafe; (3) its container is composed, in whole or in part, of any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render the contents injurious to health; or (4) it bears or contains a pesticide chemical residue that is unsafe. (Note: The Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] establishes tolerances for pesticide residues in foods, which are enforced by the FDA.)

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