Skip to comments.That Honey You Just Bought Might Not Really Be Honey (76% of all supermarket Honey is fake)
Posted on 10/19/2012 5:01:39 PM PDT by Dallas59
First we find out that we're getting ripped off in the fish department. Now, a new study commissioned by Food Safety News shows that most of the honey on supermarket shelves isn't really honey.
More than 60 types of honey from several major supermarkets, drug stores, and shopping clubs--including Stop and Shop, Safeway, Wegman's,A&P, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Sam's Club, and Walmart--were tested by Vaughn Bryant, a professor at Texas A&M University. He found that most of them had all of the pollen filtered out. Without any pollen, it's impossible to figure out whether the honey came from a safe source, or whether it's even actual honey at all; much of the ultra-filtered honey may come from China, may be contaminated, or may be diluted with High Fructose Corn Syrup.
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I’ve got a bee keeper right down the road and his honey is the real deal.
I buy from a local beekeeper. He even has the Fall Wildflower, darker with a deeper flavor. My favorite.
Even Ray Liotta honey?
‘Real’ locally produced honey is $10 to $15 a qt.
Sure is good though...
Honey is best purchased from a local source.
that’s why I went to Whole Foods and got Manuka honey from New Zealand - 100% the real deal - nothing else smells or tastes like it.
I get mine at the farmers market. It’s local and real
Here is an article with more information:
The article states there is only one reason to remove the pollen and that is to hide the source. If we aren’t testing it anyway, why bother?
Is Honey Boo Boo real?
We have a honey wagon that comes around weekly.
So is this the Honey Boo Boo I have been hearing about as of late?
seriously? that’s cool!
where you living? Walton’s Mtn?
My honey was fake. Thankfully, we are divorced now.
Here’s a list of Comb Honey suppliers by state, city.
The title from Yahoo reads: “That Honey You Just Bought Might Not Really Be Honey”
So who added the false 76% statement?
The Yahoo news piece was the pimping of Food Safty News for a few honey producers and nothing more.
Me too and that’s where I’ll get it from here on out.
There is a store that opened near me that calls itself the Honey Shop. It is owned by some Middle Eastern guys. I stepped in and axed if they had Tupelo honey. They never heard of Van Morrison.
The “honey” you get at KFC for your biscuits contains less than 7% real honey.
That’s funny. We used to dump our planes urinals in the “honey wagon” at Kamh Rhan Bay.
Dittos 4 miles down the road is some of the best honey i ever had right from the hive fresh spun glistening gold sweetness ...
I don’t see how you could fake honey with fructose corn syrup unless you’ve never tasted honey before ...
Don’t buy honey from a supermarket period.
This probably does not apply to honey, but I’ll mention it anyway. The report said that the produce at farmer’s markets (which is much more expensive than at the local supermarket, I have found) is often lower quality than the produce that these same farmers sell to wholesalers (and which ends up in supermarkets) because the farmers have discovered that the dumbed up public thinks that veggies and fruits that don’t look perfect are more authentic.
I just bought two small “bear” bottles of Kroger Pure Clover Honey. Looking at the bottle, it says “Pure Clover Honey”, “Grade A, Product of USA”.
This is part of my prepper supplies and I want honey with the longest life which is, without pollen it lasts forever.
This article is extremely misleading.
Not much of a Honey Shop, is it?
They might be selling fake ketchup too
"Real tomato ketchup, Eddie?"
"Nothing but the best!"
It was a joke. I just remember the honey wagons when I was stationed in Germany back in the sixties.
One of the difficult to detect tricks is the use of wheat flout in honey, maple syrup, sorghum (for what reason I have no idea ~ maybe trying to trick Ethiopians or something), or various sorts of candy. Properly processed it has most of the characteristics of un-refined sugar and can "pass" ~
I bought some fried chicken and a biscuit several years ago and put honey on them. Something was wrong. I looked at the ingredients on the honey packet, and it was honey flavored syrup.
I do not believe it is impossible to tell the difference by chemical testing between honey and corn syrup.
re: So, honey keeps longer with the pollen removed, so we can’t prove it’s honey if there is no pollen, so it’s all fake because we can’t prove it isn’t. BS.
My take on it as well.
Wheat flour would make the honey unsuitable for my gluten intolerant innards.
Bee sure to bee really careful about that.
Actually some good information from NPR of all places:
Anybody know about Trader Joe’s brand Clover Honey?
So the next step in fraudulent honey is to add in pollen to make it look real...
I wish I lived in the NC mountains - sourwood honey. Tupelo honey is real good too, as is tulip poplar. Thyme honey = cough syrup.
We have a honey wagon that comes around weekly.”
In the olden days it was the milkman who came once a week to visit the lady next door.
Mine too ~ so I never eat anything with honey in it, on it, around it, or underneath it unless I bought the honey from a reliable, known vendor ~ e.g. Safeway or Giant ~ and you know exactly how I came to understand their reliability.
I’ve read that Trader Joe’s was one of the few places that could be counted on to have pollen in its honey. Our local TJ doesn’t carry clover honey, only Mexican mesquite.
Think they used to call them the "honey buckets".
There was a president who allowed Chinese honey into the USA for $.50, when US wholesale average was $1.15. The Commerce Department also eased up on inspections, so you wouldn’t know if the “honey” was real or if it had pesticide residue in it. Eventually the shenanigans got to be too eggregious and a special tax was put on honey sourced from China (about 12 years ago iirc), so China switched tactics.
Chinese processors hyperfilter the pollen out, so you can’t determine the source, then add HFCS, color, and sometimes flavor. Then they unload a lot of “honey” in, say, Chile, where it will sit in a warehouse for a year then be relabeled as Chilean or Paraguayan, then into the USA. Even if we inspect it, we can’t discover the origin, and since HFCS has almost the same sugar profile as honey, they often can’t see the adulteration.
Meanwhile US beekeepers are plagued with new bee diseases and parasites.
Without live bees, we’ll take a productivity drop of at least 50% due to lack of proper pollination.
Not surprising at all, since Honey is natures HFCS.
HFCS gives me a sore throat. Some honeys do and some don’t. I can believe they’re diluted.
I’m even suspicious of venders selling honey at farmers markets, probably most of it you can tell whether it is the real thing by the taste but you never really know, they might of bought an imported 50 gallon drum of honey from China and filled their own jars up with it with their own phony labels.
Would be nice to know what manufacturers brand they are.
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