BANNED Chinese honey is finding its way onto US supermarket shelves.
Illegal honey substitutes that have been banned in Europe are finding their way onto supermarket shelves in the U.S.
The ‘Food Safety Network’ ran tests on many branded supermarket honey brands and found that not only did over 75% of the honey tested contain absolutely no pollen, it found that increasingly ‘imitation’ honey is being sold as the real thing, with potentially disastrous consequences.
The fake Chinese honey is found to be heavily tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals and has been deemed so harmful that it has been completely banned in Europe.
This potentially harmful honey was been shocking found to be knowingly sold to consumers in the U.S, as the Food Safety Network points out, many big brands are shipping the honey illegally to save money.
Richard Adee, Washington Legislative Chairman of the American Honey Producers Association said:
“It’s no secret that the honey smuggling is being driven by money, the desire to save a couple of pennies a pound,”
“Why are we the dumping ground of the world for something that’s banned in all these other countries?”
“We’re supposed to have the world’s safest food supply but we’re letting in boatloads of this adulterated honey that all these other countries know is contaminated and FDA does nothing.”
The desire for shoppers to demand crystal-clear honey is thought to be one of the driving forces behind the illegal shipping of the sub-standard honey.
Bob Olney, of Honey Tree Inc., located in Michigan who sell ‘Whinnie the Pooh’ brand honey said:
“It was filtered in processing because North American shoppers want their honey crystal clear,”
Silverbow Honey representatives said:
“The grocery stores want processed honey as it lasts longer on the shelves.”
Honey is an increasingly popular food as it works well as a sugar substitute, and increasing demand mean retailers are having to cut corners to keep the prices low.
The worrying absence of pollen in the honey means that it has been highly processed before it has been bottled. While bee numbers across the world are dwindling, the importance of protecting pollen and allowing it to be spread cannot be understated.
Mark Jensen, president of the American Honey Producers Association said:
“I don’t know of any U.S. producer that would want to do that. Elimination of all pollen can only be achieved by ultra-filtering and this filtration process does nothing but cost money and diminish the quality of the honey,”
“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 uninspected and in violation of federal law,”