Honey is a really sticky business.
“It’s no secret that the honey smuggling is being driven by money, the desire to save a couple of pennies a pound,” said Richard Adee, who is the Washington Legislative Chairman of the American Honey Producers Association.
What’s wrong with honey from China? For one thing, it may contain lead, a toxin that accumulates in the body and can cause neurological damage, particularly in young children. The lead contamination has been traced back to the thousands of small beekeeping operations in China that use unlined, lead-soldered drums to collect and store honey before transferring it to processors.
Another favorite con among Chinese brokers was to mix sugar-water, malt sweeteners, corn or rice syrup, jaggery, barley malt sweetener or other additives with a bit of actual honey. In recent years, many shippers have eliminated the honey completely and just use thickened, colored, natural or chemical sweeteners labeled as honey.
Some Honey to look out for on the shelvesLittle Bee honey found on local South African shelves.
100% per Honey collected from Hilly areas in India.
A statement directly from their website : “honey stipulates pure product that does not allow for the addition of any other substances …this includes, but is not limited to, water or other sweeteners”.
Fiona delivers honey twice a week to various Pick n Pay outlets in Cape Town, and previously won runner-up in the Sarie Old Mutual Small Business Women of the Year award. Her honey is one of the purest you can find on the shelves.