French government investigators expose fraudulent vanilla pods Vanilla is one of the world's most expensive spices — a pound of pods retails for more than $150. A multi-year probe found that only one in four vanilla pods met French government standards.

French government investigators expose fraudulent vanilla pods

French government investigators expose fraudulent vanilla pods

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Vanilla is one of the world's most expensive spices — a pound of pods retails for more than $150. A multi-year probe found that only one in four vanilla pods met French government standards.

DEBBIE ELLIOTT, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Debbie Elliott. Vanilla is one of the world's most expensive spices. A pound of pods retails for more than $150. But some sellers in France have been accused of food fraud. A multi-year investigation found that only 1 in 4 vanilla pods met government standards. Some have even been dipped in flavoring to hide the fraud. Who said vanilla was boring? It's MORNING EDITION.

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