Honey Tainted With Dangerous Antibiotics & Heavy Metals Finding Its Way In Droves on US Grocery Shelves – Can You Tell The Difference?
Honey can be described as ‘nectar from the Gods’ – sweet, smooth, delicious, and with many health benefits if consumed raw. It is such a versatile sweetener and one of our favourites because it is natural.
Bees have been getting a lot of attention lately, particularly the frightening statistics around bee populations that are being wiped out due to Monsanto’s insecticides and GMO crops. This is of major concern to agriculture and farming as well as the environment as a whole. With no bees, there can be no fruits and vegetables, and other plants dependent on pollination for reproduction.
This time, it’s honey in the news and it’s the revelation of enormous volumes of banned honey potentially containing dangerous contaminants being imported in the US without any consumer knowledge whatsoever.
This exposing report reveals what to be aware of and how you can protect yourself. At the end of the article is an excellent quick and easy way to check on-line if your honey is safe.
Read Report From Food Safety News
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.
Experts 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.
Food safety investigators from the European Union barred all shipments of honey from India because of the presence of lead and illegal animal antibiotics. Further, they found an even larger amount of honey apparently had been concocted without the help of bees, made from artificial sweeteners and then extensively filtered to remove any proof of contaminants or adulteration or indications of precisely where the honey actually originated.
“There are still millions of pounds of trans-shipped Chinese honey coming in the U.S. and it’s all coming now from India and Vietnam and everybody in the industry knows that,” said Elise Gagnon, president of Odem International, a worldwide trading house that specializes in bulk raw honey.
“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,”says Richard Adee, who is the Washington Legislative Chairman of the American Honey Producers Association.
Why Is Chinese Honey Considered Dangerous?
Chinese honeymakers began using various illegal methods to conceal the origin of their honey beginning in about 2001.
About the same time, Chinese beekeepers saw a bacterial epidemic of foulbrood disease race through their hives at wildfire speed, killing tens of millions of bees. They fought the disease with several Indian-made animal antibiotics, including chloramphenicol. Medical researchers found that children given chloramphenicol as an antibiotic are susceptible to DNA damage and carcinogenicity. Soon after, the FDA banned its presence in food.
European health authorities found lead in honey bought from India in early 2010. A year later, the Indian Export Inspection Council tested 362 samples of honey being exported and reported finding lead and at least two antibiotics in almost 23 percent of the test samples.
How To Know The Difference
Gagnon and four other major players in the honey industry have formed a voluntary group called True Source Honey. They hope it will eventually expand into an international, industry-wide program to certify the origin and quality of honey.
You can go to the True Source Honey website and enter the UPC code on your honey to see whether your honey is True Source Certified.
Or buy local honey from your local farmer’s market!
Source: Food Safety News and True Source Honey