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Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves
Food Safety News ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | Andrew Schneider

Posted on 08/15/2011 9:41:42 AM PDT by fso301

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.

And the flow of Chinese honey continues despite assurances from the Food and Drug Administration and other federal officials that the hundreds of millions of pounds reaching store shelves were authentic and safe following the widespread arrests and convictions of major smugglers over the last two years.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at foodsafetynews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bees; china; foodsafety; honey; honeybee
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1 posted on 08/15/2011 9:41:49 AM PDT by fso301
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To: fso301

Thank goodness I have my own hives.


2 posted on 08/15/2011 9:44:20 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: fso301

I only buy verified honey from little guys. You buy supermarket commodity honey like “Sue Bee” and the honey comes from anywhere. It says so on the label


3 posted on 08/15/2011 9:44:21 AM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: fso301

don’t eat asian food unless you know how it was grown... a large amount of their foods are grown in human waste


4 posted on 08/15/2011 9:44:31 AM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: fso301

This article is long on scary allegations, but relatively short on facts.

Interesting he only gets his quotes from the people most interested in keeping competitors out.


5 posted on 08/15/2011 9:46:22 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: dennisw
I only buy verified honey from little guys. You buy supermarket commodity honey like “Sue Bee” and the honey comes from anywhere. It says so on the label

Thanks for pointing that out.

6 posted on 08/15/2011 9:48:22 AM PDT by fso301
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To: fso301

Thanks for posting


7 posted on 08/15/2011 9:48:31 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
a large amount of their foods are grown in human waste

Seriously, what's the problem here? Fertilizer is not exactly a shocking idea. Or do you mean something about how it is mixed into the soil (or not)?

8 posted on 08/15/2011 9:48:39 AM PDT by Liberty1970 (Laws demand a Lawgiver)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

“a large amount of their foods are grown in human waste”

Also true of Europe.

” some of the largest and most long-established U.S. honey packers are knowingly buying mislabeled, transshipped or possibly altered honey “

A big part of the problem is right here. Greed knows no special localities/countries!


9 posted on 08/15/2011 9:52:17 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: PGR88
You phony libertarian free traders love foreign imports don't you! China has been dumping honey here for years.

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100429154003.htm

Scientist Tracks Origins of Bootleg Honey from China

ScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2010) — A Texas A&M University scientist spends hours at a time peering at slides of pollen samples, comparing them to track down the origins of honey with questionable heritage. Some of the samples contain labels from other countries when in fact they originated in China but were re-routed to avoid tariffs of up to 500 percent, says Vaughn Bryant, a palynologist and an anthropology professor at Texas A&M University.

The tariffs were attached to the import of Chinese honey about two years ago because exporters there were "dumping" it in the U.S. -- selling it at a much lower price than its cost, which is about one-half what it costs U.S. honey producers. The practice has almost ruined the market for domestic honey, says Bryant, who is also director of the palynology laboratory at Texas A&M.

China is the largest honey producer in the world.

Bryant, who examines more than 100 honey samples a year for importers, exporters, beekeepers and producers, says he believes he is the only person in the United States doing melissopalynology -- the study of pollen in honey -- on a routine basis. For the last five years, he has analyzed the pollen in honey samples from all over the world to determine the nectar sources and origin of the honey.

He examines imported samples purported to come from Viet Nam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Laos, and usually discovers that the samples are blends "with a little honey from those countries and a majority of the blend coming from Chinese sources."

"Now there are lots of shenanigans going on to avoid having to pay those tariffs, and the investigators are way behind in following them," Bryant says. "The beekeepers of the U.S. have been pleading with the FDA to enact stricter guidelines about accurate labeling for honey, but that is a long, slow process. Meanwhile, I'm trying to help out here and there, but it's almost impossible to keep up."

Some foreign exporters get around the tariff by mixing honey from different sources, while others infuse up to 50 percent high fructose corn syrup into the honey, he says.

DNA studies of the pollen in honey is expensive and difficult, Bryant says. Isotopic studies can reveal the source, provided you have a database of isotope signatures, which for now are very limited, he adds.

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10 posted on 08/15/2011 9:52:37 AM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: fso301

I only buy local honey


11 posted on 08/15/2011 9:56:10 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

I try to stay away from anything asian but like everything else, the food is hard to differentiate.

Whenever you buy prepared food, the ingredients in it don’t have to say where anything comes from.


12 posted on 08/15/2011 9:59:20 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: dennisw
You phony libertarian free traders love foreign imports don't you! China has been dumping honey here for years.

Not really, but I like biased journalists with an agenda and scaremongering even less.

13 posted on 08/15/2011 10:00:14 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: PGR88

I sent you a source and link that verifies what you called “scaremongering”. So the original post is telling the truth. I’ve known about ChiCom honey flooding our markets for years. Seems a 500% duty was slapped on their honey so the ChiComs found ways to send (smuggle) their honey here via rerouting via Australia and other places


14 posted on 08/15/2011 10:07:43 AM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: dennisw; fso301
You buy supermarket commodity honey like “Sue Bee” and the honey comes from anywhere. It says so on the label.

You sure about that? "Sue Bee" is a grower co-op and they've always been adamant that they only sell 100% US honey.

Sue Bee Honey - American Honey

In light of recent reports in the media of tainted or adulterated foods, Sue Bee Honey would like to reiterate to the American consumer its longstanding commitment to quality. "All Sue Bee Honey sold in grocery stores in the United States is 100% American and 100% pure," according to Sue Bee Honey President and Chief Executive Officer David Allibone.

Private label or store brand honey packaged by Sue Bee Honey also is 100% American and 100% pure. When Sue Bee states “100% American or American grown,” it is referring to honey bees owned by American beekeepers producing honey in the U.S. and pollinating U.S. crops.

Sure, buy from the little guy if you can, but if you can't, I don't think "Sue Bee" is a bad second choice. I just posted because I don't want people to bypass an American product just because of an internet posting.

15 posted on 08/15/2011 10:12:02 AM PDT by triumphant values (Never criticize that to your right.)
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To: fso301

I buy local.


16 posted on 08/15/2011 10:19:31 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Obama will heretofore be known in history as the downgraded President.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I get mine from the local farmers market .


17 posted on 08/15/2011 10:21:53 AM PDT by katykelly
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To: fso301
Report: " 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."

Response: Of course!

Comment: People naturally flush their wastage into the cesspool.

18 posted on 08/15/2011 10:23:29 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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19 posted on 08/15/2011 10:29:50 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: fso301

oh we are talking about food. :)


20 posted on 08/15/2011 10:35:28 AM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: katykelly

Is the honey harvested by a local, or are they buying it elsewhere and bringing it to the market?

Eating local honey that has not been overly filtered will help with seasonal allergies, as you will be ingesting the pollen and building a resistance. Some producers will filter the honey for clarity, which removes most of the beneficial pollen.


21 posted on 08/15/2011 10:37:00 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: fso301

My one of my Wife’s Uncles runs a small apiary. We get our honey from his hives. Southern MN farm country with mostly corn and beans for cash crops.


22 posted on 08/15/2011 10:44:17 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.)
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To: fso301

I want my tricoder now !!! To be able to analyze all health risk products sold and soon to be sold in shops.

Radioactive Japanese tuna canned who knows where

Radioactive beef

Radioactive milk processed into milk powder and use in chocolate production as a raw material.

23 posted on 08/15/2011 10:48:09 AM PDT by DTA (U.S. Centcom vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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To: triumphant values
>You buy supermarket commodity honey like “Sue Bee” and the honey comes from anywhere. It says so on the label.

>>You sure about that? "Sue Bee" is a grower co-op and they've always been adamant that they only sell 100% US honey.


Thank you for looking that up. There are many unsubstantiated claims here (on the internet :)

24 posted on 08/15/2011 10:55:20 AM PDT by deks ("...the battle of our time is the battle of liberty against the overreach of the federal government")
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

“.....a large amount of their foods are grown in human waste..”

As opposed to cow, pork or sheep waste here.

excrement is excrement.


25 posted on 08/15/2011 10:55:35 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: deks
There are many unsubstantiated claims here (on the internet :)

I know, I've been guilty of some myself. 96.342% of all internet statements are made up.

26 posted on 08/15/2011 10:59:29 AM PDT by triumphant values (Never criticize that to your right.)
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To: fso301
Yup, just what I suspected:

However, the USDA says U.S. beekeepers can only supply about a 48 percent of what's needed here. The remaining 52 percent comes from 41 other countries.

Varroa mites and diseases are taking their toll on US honey production. Meanwhile, American agricultural practices are destroying indigenous bee populations, often as directed by the USDA, citing various "food safety" regulations.

27 posted on 08/15/2011 11:01:58 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: dennisw

Yep, find a local source if you can. Some smaller groceries will carry more local stuff if you don’t know where to start.


28 posted on 08/15/2011 11:07:09 AM PDT by Marie Antoinette (Proud Clinton-hater since 1998.)
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To: triumphant values
"96.342% of all internet statements are made up."

Ah, well, if you're just going to round off the number that isn't very helpful ... [smile]

29 posted on 08/15/2011 11:15:51 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Secede? Y'all should hope that we don't invade!)
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To: fso301

do we have any CONFIRMED names of companies doing this?

just one confirmation will cause the others to fall in line.


30 posted on 08/15/2011 11:16:20 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: fso301

I also rely on (and more likely trust) local sources for honey. However in the interest of full disclosure, be advised of the following regarding the news source.

From the Food Safety News web site -

Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm with a practice dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness. The firm presents Food Safety News as a daily Web-based newspaper dedicated to reporting on issues surrounding food safety.


31 posted on 08/15/2011 11:16:45 AM PDT by Kozel89
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To: Perdogg

Really, a little honey is all I need... How bad can a little irradiated honey bee?


32 posted on 08/15/2011 11:23:10 AM PDT by refermech
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To: fso301

I have a pound of a store brand honey labeled: “Honey From the USA, Canada or Argentina.”

No one in our government, or in most businesses dealing in imports, wants accurate country of origin labeling. Most in Congress are bought and paid for by business interests who want no accurate labeling.

And from this article, it looks like those at the FDA and elsewhere also have no interest in identifying adulterated honey and mislabeled country of origin honey. And we can bet honey is not the only imported food product or food supplement where that is the case.


33 posted on 08/15/2011 11:30:49 AM PDT by Will88
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To: fso301; All
For you survivalist out their...

Dr. David Janda on Sunday, July 10, 2011 had on as his Second Hour Guests:

Richard Adee, President Adee Honey Farms, discussing the problems with bee's in this country and worldwide. SCAREY....

http://www.davejanda.com/operation_freedom/

Listen, on line and be scared....

34 posted on 08/15/2011 11:39:12 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: fso301

I buy local because it benefits a local business, and also because consuming the honey helps you to become more tolerant of the local allergans. Here in south central Texas that’s a big deal - the mountain cedar is a killer of an allergy.


35 posted on 08/15/2011 11:50:10 AM PDT by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: All

what about honey used in food processing? no labels, just generic “honey”. How about those little plastic containers in restaurants like the little jellys?


36 posted on 08/15/2011 11:58:31 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: fso301
We should handle this the way the Chinese do.

When caught the offenders should be tried and taken out back to be shot in the head until dead.

37 posted on 08/15/2011 12:04:08 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: triumphant values; deks
I had beehives 17 years ago so I have been following this. When I read Sue Bee honey labels they used to state other countries that the honey may or may not come from. China was one and IIRC Brazil was one of a few others. Maybe Sue Bee has a no-imports policy now due to consumer pressures but that is not how it used to be. Sue Bee was one of the first and one of the big honey importers.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/397445_honey26.html
Sue Bee Vice President Bill Huser said 315 different beekeepers supply 60 percent of the 40 million pounds of honey the Iowa-based company sells each year. The rest is imported.
To protect consumers, Huser said, the company does extensive and elaborate testing on the imported honey, finding shipments laced with chloramphenicol, an illegal antibiotic, about once a month.
When it's found, he said, it's sent back to the broker who imported it.
Won't report it to FDA
That doesn't sit well with some members of the cooperative. Several told the P-I that returning tainted honey to the marketplace is wrong. They said the issue has been raised in recent years, but the company has refused to change its policy.
Bill Allibone, Sue Bee's president, said the company has no intention of telling government regulators about the bad honey it finds.
"We deal with a core group of suppliers that have long, established ties in the import business, and we're assuming that when we reject a load of honey, they'll return it to the people they purchased it from."
Allibone said he has no idea whether the tainted honey is resold to other U.S. packers. Asked whether the company had an obligation to take action to protect the public health, the president repeated: "It's just not our honey."

"Truck drivers tell us about bringing full semi loads of foreign honey across the border to packers in our state and Oregon. That honey didn't come from Canadian bees, but it's sold with a label saying 'from U.S. and Canadian honey.' "

So 40% of Sue Bee honey is imported? Oh, yeah, this association is really helping the American BeeKeeper, aren't they.

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Seattle P_I Investigates Honey Laundering
“Two-thirds of the honey Americans consume is imported and almost half of that, regardless of what’s on the label, comes from China, the Seattle P-I reported last month.

The newspaper’s five-month investigation into honey laundering — the intentional mislabeling of the country of origin — found that tons of Chinese honey coming into the U.S. is tainted with banned antibiotics.
But when the contamination is discovered by the industry through internal testing, insiders say, federal health or customs officials are almost never notified, and the honey ends up being dumped back on the market.”

…Testimony from federal investigators and informants offer a glimpse into a typical deal: Wolff (a German import/export house) sold Chinese honey to a U.S. honey producer. The packer tested the shipment and found traces of antibiotics. Wolff took the honey back and resold it to another packer who didn’t test for contaminants.

If convicted, the Wolff executives face up to five years in prison for conspiring to falsify country of origin on the Chinese shipments.
In its series, the P-I reported that it had received shipping papers showing that Chinese honey, falsely labeled as a product of India, was sold to several U.S. honey packers, including one of the nation’s largest — Sue Bee Honey Association.”

Excuse me – Sue Bee? We’re talking “Mom and Apple Pie” here – their ‘queen shaped’ jars are on every grocer’s shelves in America. Sue Bee is buying up Chinese honey – falsely labeled as to origin? Now, why would Chinese producers want people to think that their honey came from someplace else?

 

38 posted on 08/15/2011 12:07:51 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: fso301

I have two jars in the pantry. One says Produce of USA and the other says Produce of Brazil. Think I can trust them?


39 posted on 08/15/2011 12:08:04 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

ditto. I have my own hives too. In fact, my Fr nom de plume, “mieleman” means “honeyman” in Italian. The writer of this article is correct. Adulterated honey has long been a problem for American honey producers to contend with, not only economically but from a health standpoint.

Folks should try to buy honey from a local vendor and ensure the label says, “raw and unfiltered”. This also means, or it should, that the honey has not been pasteurized. Heating honey beyond 150 degrees for more than 8 minutes (some say 4 minutes)will destroy all of the beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals.


40 posted on 08/15/2011 12:20:08 PM PDT by miele man
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Eating local honey that has not been overly filtered will help with seasonal allergies, as you will be ingesting the pollen and building a resistance.

For that reason, I buy from a local farm where they collect the honey year round. Before canning the honey, they blend it so that every jar contains the pollen from every season.

41 posted on 08/15/2011 12:22:49 PM PDT by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: miele man

Fortunately honey is one thing people like to pay more for and buy local. Might be in a drive out to the country, a flea market, from a local beekeeper, what have you. I used to have hives but am afraid to have them here due to lawn mowing equipment setting them off. How do your bees react to gasoline powered engines?


42 posted on 08/15/2011 12:43:02 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

It’s local honey , and it does help allergies .


43 posted on 08/15/2011 12:44:46 PM PDT by katykelly
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To: fso301
Asian Honey, Banned in Europe,

At first glance, I thought this was about a porn star.

LOL.

44 posted on 08/15/2011 12:44:46 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: longtermmemmory
what about honey used in food processing? no labels, just generic “honey”. How about those little plastic containers in restaurants like the little jellys?

My hunch is that's where the mystery honey predominantly used

45 posted on 08/15/2011 1:05:10 PM PDT by fso301
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To: SIDENET
At first glance, I thought this was about a porn star.

That seems to have been the case with a few other's as well. LOL!

46 posted on 08/15/2011 1:06:24 PM PDT by fso301
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

“Thank goodness I have my own hives.”

I feel for you. Despite my age, all I have is a few liver spots.

Anyway, knowing Europe as I do, I can bet that this is another excuse for protectionism on their part. We inspect honey too, so don’t let the foodie cultists tell you that we’re being “poisoned by everything we eat.”


47 posted on 08/15/2011 1:08:31 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: fso301; a fool in paradise; JoeProBono
Misleading headline alert!


48 posted on 08/15/2011 1:10:56 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: fso301

I just buy local honey from the little guys too. Lucky for me I live in Florida where you can get Tupilo Honey. It is like 10 times better than clover honey.

Now on the real issue of crap imported from China. I sell flooring in an area of Florida where we still have some wealthy. retirees. Most of them vote Republican. All the Bushes have visited this community several times as well as Sarah Palin and several other major Republicans, so these aren’t Liberal Democrats. The big thing that I’m selling right now is Laminate. The American made Laminate costs just a few pennies more and is better quality. I point this out to them and I’m always shocked at how few of them care.


49 posted on 08/15/2011 1:11:10 PM PDT by BUGSWOL
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To: miele man
I don't heat my honey at all, unless you count the 100 degree temps we've been enduring in the shed where we extract and bottle. We have had a scorching summer and the window unit can't keep up.

I remember you giving me some advice when I was thinking about keeping bees. It has been some kind of experience!

50 posted on 08/15/2011 1:16:57 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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