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Do You Buy Cheap Honey? PIOG
August 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves

FDA has the laws needed to keep adulterated honey off store shelves but does little, honey industry says.

A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.  A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities. 

And the flow of Chinese honey continues despite assurances from the Food and Drug Administration and other federal officials that the hundreds of millions of pounds reaching store shelves were authentic and safe following the widespread arrests and convictions of major smugglers over the last two years.
Thumbnail image for honeycomb406.jpgExperts interviewed by Food Safety News say some of the largest and most long-established U.S. honey packers are knowingly buying mislabeled, transshipped or possibly altered honey so they can sell it cheaper than those companies who demand safety, quality and rigorously inspected honey. 

Do you eat honey? Do you buy local, or specialty honey, or just 'whatever's cheapest'?


  • Dani_Lynn
    August 17, 2011 at 8:50 PM
    I buy local. We all have allergies and it helps build out immunity
  • Peanutx3
    August 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    I am happy.  I just checked the honey we have at home and it is a local Washington State honey.  

  • LindaClement
    August 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM


    Quoting Peanutx3:

    I am happy.  I just checked the honey we have at home and it is a local Washington State honey.  

  • usmclife58
    August 18, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    We only buy local

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