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HONEY SCANDAL | Food-safety experts have found that much of the honey sold in the United States isn't actually honey, but a concoction of corn or rice syrup, malt sweeteners or "jiggery" (cheap, unrefined sugar), plus a small amount of genuine honey, according to Wired UK.
Food Safety News | This extensive article explains why the honey purchased from your local grocery store may not be the honey you want to use in your kitchen, to swirl on your cereal or toast, or put on or in your body. This exclusive by Andrew Schneider informs us that "More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn't exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News."
Adulterated honey has added ingredients, like glucose, dextrose, molasses, corn syrup, sugar syrup, invert sugar, flour, starch, etc. to stretch the amount in the bottle and reduce cost.
I'm sure this list of tested honeys does not cover all brands out in the marketplace that does not conform to high standards.
American CHoice Clover Honey
Archer Farms Orange Blossom Honey
Archer Farms Organic Classic Honey
Busy Bee Organic Honey
Busy Bee, Pure Clover Honey
Fred Meyer Clover Honey
Full Circle Pure Honey
Giant Eagle Clover Honey
GE Clover Honey
Haggen Honey, Natural and Pure
HT Traders Tupelo Honey
Kroger Pure Clover Honey
Market Pantry Pure Honey
Mel-o 100% Pure Honey
Natural Sue Bee Clover Honey
Naturally Preferred Fireweed Honey
Rite Aid Honey
Safeway Clover Honey
Silver Bow Pure Honey
Stop and Shop Clove Honey
Sue Bee Clover Honey
Thrifty Bee Honey
Walgree MEL-O Honey
Western Family Clover Honey
Wegman Clover Honey
Winne the Pooh, Pure Clover
The deceptive names and labels bother me most when first looking at the list. When it says 100%, Pure and does not indicate the processing or what other ingredients may have adulterated the contents it makes me wonder where to find a good true honey.
The article tells us that Bryant found that when you find a farmer you can trust at a local market and "natural" stores like PCC and Trader Joe's you can be more confident of purchasing real honey. A whole other issue concerns foreign honey entering the marketplace. I highly recommend reading this article.
The quote from Jensen says, “In my judgment, it is pretty safe to assume that any ultra-filtered honey on store shelves is Chinese honey and it’s even safer to assume that it entered the country in violation of federal law.”
I started a discussion on HWC FaceBook entitled, "Change The Name Its All The Same. "SUGAR" doesn't do the body good" and that's how the investigation into the quality of honey evolved.
We must discern what we purchase, put on our dining tables and into the mouths of those we love, including our self. A tablespoon of unsulphured blackstrap molasses may be a good thing. Raw