When honey isn’t honey
Thanks to my brother for sending this link:
And this one:
Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves (This one especially is a fascinating article–all about the illegal process of “honey laundering,” hiding the origins of the product.)
Bottom line essentially is that unscrupulous honey suppliers abroad (China and India mostly) filter out all the pollen from the honey they sell, which makes it all but impossible to track where it came from. Which means if it came from India, where FDA-banned antibiotics were used to try to stop a disease epidemic in their hives, or from China, where a significant number of beekeepers store their honey in lead-soldered barrels, you just…don’t really know. Let alone if it’s not even really HONEY but some other product cooked up with flavorings and sweeteners.
And there aren’t really any safeguards or enforceable laws to keep this from happening, either. It’s essentially unregulated. Which is good for the economy, right? Regulation is bad, non-regulation is good. So companies selling inferior and possibly unsafe products for a few pennies less a pound, imported from other countries, and squeezing beekeepers in the States out of business, is GOOD. Right? Erm…right?
No, not really right.
So basically–watch where you get your honey. Buy local if possible. Know where it comes from, or buy from a store you trust.