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Honey laundering: more low-quality imported crap


Honey has become a staple in the North American diet. Those that do not consume it straight from bear-shaped squeeze bottles eat it regularly whether they know it or not – honey is baked into everything from breakfast cereals to cookies and mixed into sauces and cough drops.

Most honey comes from China, where beekeepers are notorious for keeping their bees healthy with antibiotics banned in North America because they seep into honey and contaminate it; packers there learn to mask the acrid notes of poor quality product by mixing in sugar or corn-based syrups to fake good taste.

None of this is on the label. Rarely will a jar of honey say “Made in China.” Instead, Chinese honey sold in North America is more likely to be stamped as Indonesian, Malaysian or Taiwanese, due to a growing multimillion dollar laundering system designed to keep the endless supply of cheap and often contaminated Chinese honey moving into the U.S., where tariffs have been implemented to staunch the flow and protect its own struggling industry.


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Rick GComment by Rick G - January 29, 2011, 2:50 pm
Thanks for that info. Good to know.
sully16Comment by sully16 - January 29, 2011, 3:32 pm
Thanks, next time I go to the apple orchard I'll stock up on Michigan Honey.
TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - January 29, 2011, 10:44 pm
When I was a kid my parents use to seek out "the honey man" and buy a 5 gallon can at a time!
Don't eat anything from these countries noted, especially China.
konaneComment by konane - January 30, 2011, 8:33 am
In Georgia you can look in the "Market Bulletin" published by the Agriculture Department showing ads for a whole range of things grown within the state. Have seen numerous ads from Georgia beekeepers selling honey with and without comb. Other states likely offer a similar publication.
sully16Comment by sully16 - January 30, 2011, 9:24 am
America actually has a bee shortage, my brother in NC   keeps bees and rents them to farmers, his whole inventory was wiped out twice in the last 15 years due to hurricanes, but there is some other problem with the bees.
Comment by joker17 - January 30, 2011, 10:44 am
I wouldn't bee caught eating that stuff without first making sure it was not contaminated. I'm surprised there hasn't been a buzz about this in the news.
Rick GComment by Rick G - January 30, 2011, 10:45 am
My son is taking a beekeeping class. He and his co-worker are going to set up a couple hives. A hive can start with one queen and 3000 bees. It can grow to 10,000 bees. With the problems in the bee population this seems like a good endeavor.
time*treatComment by time*treat - January 31, 2011, 5:01 am
Thanks for your thoughts, folks. Some good ideas, here.

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