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The Honey Launderers: Uncovering the Largest Food Fraud in U.S. History
Business Week via Yahoo ^ | Sep 23, 2013 | Susan Berfield

Posted on 09/24/2013 2:05:20 PM PDT by Excellence

Magnus von Buddenbrock and Stefanie Giesselbach arrived in Chicago in 2006 full of hope. He was 30, she was 28, and they had both won their first overseas assignments at ALW Food Group, a family-owned food-trading company based in Hamburg. Von Buddenbrock had joined ALW—the initials stand for its founder, Alfred L. Wolff—four years earlier after earning a degree in marketing and international business, and he was expert in the buying and selling of gum arabic, a key ingredient in candy and soft drinks. Giesselbach had started at ALW as a 19-year-old apprentice. She worked hard, learned quickly, spoke five languages, and within three years had become the company’s first female product manager. Her specialty was honey. When the two colleagues began their new jobs in a small fourth-floor office a few blocks from Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, ALW’s business was growing, and all they saw was opportunity.

On March 24, 2008, von Buddenbrock came to the office around 8:30 a.m., as usual. He was expecting a quiet day: It was a holiday in Germany, and his bosses there had the day off. Giesselbach was on holiday, too; she had returned to Germany to visit her family and boyfriend. Sometime around 10 a.m., von Buddenbrock heard a commotion in the reception area and went to have a look. A half-dozen armed federal agents, all wearing bulletproof vests, had stormed in. “They made a good show, coming in with full force,” he recalls. “It was pretty scary.”

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TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: china; honey; threatmatrix
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Buy local.
1 posted on 09/24/2013 2:05:20 PM PDT by Excellence
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To: Excellence

2 posted on 09/24/2013 2:06:10 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Excellence

So was this actual real honey or artificial honey?

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/#.UkIAmb7n9jo


3 posted on 09/24/2013 2:14:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Excellence
The honey business is only one example of an uncontrolled market. “We don’t know how it works, and we have to know how it works if we want to be able to identify hazards control it.”
4 posted on 09/24/2013 2:15:28 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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Wow. It’s a good thing we have the government to save us from cheap honey.


5 posted on 09/24/2013 2:16:56 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Excellence

Sounds like the frozen seafood business twenty years ago....


6 posted on 09/24/2013 2:17:10 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: BenLurkin

All of the above. I will from now on only buy local. I might even drive to the bee farm. Whatever honey I find in the house is going in the trash.


7 posted on 09/24/2013 2:18:05 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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True Source Honey:

http://www.truesourcehoney.com/


8 posted on 09/24/2013 2:22:59 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Excellence
We're bee keepers. We've known for a long time imported honey isn't real. We can taste the difference.
Ours is so real, we keep it raw. We just cream it (make the hardened sugar crystals extremely small) to keep it from getting too hard to work with (creaming it makes it spread like peanut butter).
9 posted on 09/24/2013 2:27:17 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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The big honey companies microfilter not just to remove pollen (which as the article states makes the origins hard to trace). The big reason is that Americans won’t buy honey that’s crystallized. Ultrafiltration can delay or prevent crystallization. The supermarkets would be stuck with a ton of unsellable crystallized honey.

The folks at food Safety think that if it has no pollen it’s not “real” honey, I think that’s a bit extreme.

It is possible though to adulterate honey with HFCS, in which case it’s not honey. HFCS and honey are very close chemically, a water solution of fructose, glucose, and a few other very minor constituents.


10 posted on 09/24/2013 2:32:27 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: colorado tanker

Actually, it is - considering that it’s full of chemicals and adulterated with lots of crap.


11 posted on 09/24/2013 2:35:14 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: concerned about politics

Bless you.


12 posted on 09/24/2013 2:36:11 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: concerned about politics

“We’re bee keepers. We’ve known for a long time imported honey isn’t real. We can taste the difference. “

Remember when Clinton cut a deal with China to let them sell “honey” at $0.50 a pound wholesale? I think at the time wholesale “bakery honey” was at $1.35 in the US.

My numbers are from memory and probably not exact. I kept several hundred thousand bees at the time.

The stuff coming in tasted like it had never been bugspit.


13 posted on 09/24/2013 2:36:39 PM PDT by DBrow
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Buy Pitcairn honey. Get it straight from the source.


14 posted on 09/24/2013 2:36:55 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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>>>Buy local.

Or have your own hive. Our bees make some real good honey...and it's very satisfying to know it comes from your own back yard.

15 posted on 09/24/2013 2:38:04 PM PDT by NELSON111
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Wow. It’s a good thing we have the government to save us from cheap honey.

I'm torn on this. I don't want adulterated crap from second and third-world coutries (or first-world, for that matter) in my food chain, but I also disagree with the heavy-handed tactics of the fed.

16 posted on 09/24/2013 2:39:18 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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The big reason is that Americans won’t buy honey that’s crystallized.


yep, they think that is a bad thing.......................


17 posted on 09/24/2013 2:39:55 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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The supermarkets would be stuck with a ton of unsellable crystallized honey.

Nothing a little warm water can't fix.

18 posted on 09/24/2013 2:40:45 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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There’s a honey seller at the farmer’s market I’ll check out. We live in the high desert, and local honey has a certain quality that sets it apart.


19 posted on 09/24/2013 2:42:47 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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How old school is this? My town has a local honey producer with an unmanned ‘honor system’ stand. There are still pockets of the old America left, hurrah!


20 posted on 09/24/2013 2:43:48 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (We can't expect to get anywhere unless we resort to terrorism-Lenin)
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