Have you ever eaten the "treasure snacks" developed by the Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural University?
Nowadays, many Internet celebrity snacks are sold under the banner of "developed by the Academy of Agricultural Sciences or Agricultural University". Searching for snack recommendations on social platforms, many bloggers are trying to Amway such snacks, and saying that they are "clean ingredients", "healthy and not fat", and "the light of domestic products".
Some netizens immediately "rushed without brains" and frantically added shopping carts, and some netizens questioned: Are these really developed by the Academy of Agricultural Sciences or Agricultural University?
"Spicy strips developed by professors of Hunan Agricultural University"?
Take a "spicy strip" recommended by many snack bloggers as an example. Bloggers mostly call it "Hunan Agricultural University R&D" or "Hunan Academy of Agricultural Sciences Food", and many stores on online shopping platforms also claim so.
There are also stores with the slogan "Hunan Agricultural University Professor Research and Development", and even a store with sales of more than 30,<> indicates "Hunan Agricultural University Practice Base".
Statements come and go, so who developed this product?
According to the Shanghai Municipal Consumer Protection Commission, when I placed an order for this snack in an online store, I found that there was no words "Research and Development of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences or Agricultural University" on the packaging.
In order to find out the "authenticity of the academic qualifications" of this snack, the Shanghai Municipal Consumer Protection Commission sent inquiry letters to the Hunan Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Hunan Agricultural University respectively.
Hunan Agricultural University responded that it did not "carefully research and develop" the product, and the Hunan Academy of Agricultural Sciences also said that the product's promotion of "research and development by the Hunan Academy of Agricultural Sciences" was not true.
At the same time, both agencies replied that they had no authorized relationship with Hunan Fantianwa Food Co., Ltd., the manufacturer of the commodity.
Are "academic fraud" snacks healthy?
In addition, there is also a "Jiu0 Agricultural University" vegetable roll that also appears on the list of many "Academy of Agricultural Sciences", and the highest one has sales of more than 3,<>.
This vegetable roll claims to be related to "Northeast Agricultural University", some say it is "campus best-selling food", some advertise "Northeast Agricultural University Food College provides technical support", and some even say that it is "supervised by Northeast Agricultural University Food College".
After I actually bought it, the words "Nongda Vegetable Roll" were also written on the package. But looking at this slightly rustic packaging, one can't help but wonder, is this vegetable roll really related to agricultural universities?
The Shanghai Municipal Consumer Protection Commission sent an inquiry letter to Northeast Agricultural University, and Northeast Agricultural University replied that the school did not carry out external production and operation, and that "Jiu0 Agricultural University Vegetable Roll" was not a product produced by the school, and the school had not carried out any cooperation with the entrusted manufacturer and the entrusted manufacturer marked on the commodity packaging.
So is this "academic fraud" snack healthy to eat?
Shanghai Yuanben Food Quality Inspection Co., Ltd. (Shanghai Nutritional Food Quality Supervision and Inspection Station) tested the nutritional content of "Nongda Vegetable Rolls".
The test found that although no preservatives and sweeteners were detected in this vegetable roll, and the peroxide value and acid value also met the standard requirements, the protein content of this snack was 7.49g/100g, which was lower than the 10.0g/100g on the package label; The measured content of fat was 21.8g/100g, which was higher than the 15.8g/100g indicated on the package, and the measured content of protein and fat exceeded the allowable error range of the national standard.
Experts at the testing facility recommend that the snack is high in fat, carbohydrates and energy, and that intake needs to be controlled. If you show off half a box in one go, it is estimated that you will really grow meat.
Compared with the "academic certificate" to "decorate the façade" of the product, quality is the key to truly win the favor of consumers.
The products of these "list institutions" not only damage the credibility of scientific research institutions, but also invisibly reduce consumers' trust and recognition of those products that are truly developed by scientific research institutes.
Source: Comprehensive Shanghai Municipal Consumer Protection Commission