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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.

 
Worse, some honey — much of which is imported from Asia — has been found to contain toxins like lead and other heavy metals, as well as drugs like chloramphenicol, an antibiotic, according to a Department of Justice news release.
 
And because cheap honey from China was being dumped on the U.S. market at artificially low prices, Chinese honey is now subject to additional import duties. So Chinese exporters simply ship their honey to Thailand or other countries, where it is relabeled to hide its origins, according to NPR.org.
 
This international "honey-laundering" scandal has now resulted in a Justice Department indictment of two U.S. companies and the charging of five people with selling mislabeled honey that also contained chloramphenicol.
 
Honey Solutions of Baytown, Texas, and Groeb Farms of Onsted, Mich., have agreed to pay millions of dollars in fines and implement corporate compliance measures following a lengthy Justice Department investigation. [The Science of Food: 10 Odd Facts]

 

 

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

CVS 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 

 

 

 

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