Monday, November 7, 2011

Tests Show Most Store Honey Is Not Honey

So I am thinking about my next mead and I run across this article: Tests Show Most Store Honey Is Not Honey. I have heard stories about some stores buying counterfeit honey consisting of high fructose corn syrup and food coloring although I have not (to my knowledge) seen this in action. For my flavored meads, I do sometimes buy honey from Wal-Fart because the honey flavor is secondary for my purpose. Still, I do like making a good traditional from time to time and this does concern me. So, I will buy honey from respected online dealers, like eBee Honey or local sources from now on. Here is the story:

More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn't exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News.

The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled "honey." The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world's food safety agencies.

The food safety divisions of the World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.

Tests Show Most Store Honey Is Not Honey


-Safari Bob

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