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Herby fraud: One in four samples of sage contain the leaves of other plants, study finds

Herby fraud: One in four samples of sage contain the leaves of other plants, study finds
Queen’s University Belfast found more than a quarter of samples of the popular herb were adulterated – some by as much as 58 per cent
Queen’s University Belfast found more than a quarter of samples of the popular herb were adulterated – some by as much as 58 per cent

WHAT IS SAGE? 

Sage (salvia officinalis) in the garden. The delicate flowers are also edible and may be added to salads
Sage (salvia officinalis) in the garden. The delicate flowers are also edible and may be added to salads

The experts from the University of Belfast discovered heavily adulterated oregano samples back in 2015, which they say have improved since. Pictured, raw green Oregano in a field
The experts from the University of Belfast discovered heavily adulterated oregano samples back in 2015, which they say have improved since. Pictured, raw green Oregano in a field

WHAT WAS THE 2013 HORSEMEAT SCANDAL?
Scandal: Four men have been charged with 'organised fraud', over the 2013 meat scandal, when horse DNA was found in beef products across Europe, including Findus' beef lasagna
Frozen food brand Findus was found to be selling a beef lasagna in several European countries, including the UK, which contained 60 per cent to 100 per cent horse meat 

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