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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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To: Revolting cat!

GIGGITY!


51 posted on 08/15/2011 1:17:03 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: fso301

Adulterated Chinese foodstuffs??

Get out!


52 posted on 08/15/2011 1:21:08 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: fso301

Asian Honey.....got pix?

Although I would prolly hit it just on pure speculation.


53 posted on 08/15/2011 1:25:11 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: fso301; Lazmataz

Asian Honey.....got pix?

Although I would prolly hit it just on pure speculation.


54 posted on 08/15/2011 1:25:54 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: BUGSWOL

So the rich guys don’t care about American made laminate floors. They’ll buy the lower quality Chinese to save a few pennies. No loyalty to the American worker or manufacturer? That must be why they like the cheap illegal alien labor from the open borders they demand from politicians.


55 posted on 08/15/2011 1:26:14 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: BlazingArizona

We hunt, fish, and grow almost everything we eat and know for sure that we’re not being poisoned. Started keeping bees for pollination of the garden, as well as a source of sweetener in case the SHTF. While I am able to grow sugar cane in our climate, it is so much easier if the bees do the work. I’ve got enough to do already!


56 posted on 08/15/2011 1:38:29 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: fso301

[cue Papillon Soo Soo from “Full Metal Jacket”]

“Me so horny! Me love you long time!”


57 posted on 08/15/2011 1:44:13 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: dennisw

LOL. Yes, I got a little too close to one hive last week and got tagged on the side of my head, but just twice. No big deal. I was being mindful of how close I was to the hive and had the exhaust side of the mower away from the hive but then the mower was a 36” hydraulic walk-behind so it is a noisy machine and I’m sure the vibrations upset the girls. I have learned the girls get a bit finicky after rain storms (would love to have one here).

Actually, this was a hived that had swarmed about 2 months ago so it was a queen the girls raised themselves through supercedure. They tend to be a bit nastier in their behavior. If I were to re-queen this hive with a new Italian queen, the bees, generally speaking, would be more well behaved.

If you were to install hives again, how close to the hive(s)would you have to mow? Would they be Italian bees? Using a weedeater could alleviate your problem and permit you to have hives again? Just keep the exhaust pointed away from the hive and maybe even use a veil while you mow up close. I hope you can get bees again.


58 posted on 08/15/2011 1:59:20 PM PDT by miele man
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Great. Glad you became a beekeeper. Lots of fun and it certainly can teach us many things. If you had to start over, would you do it again? Hope so.

Yes, I’ve used the sun to re-liquify honey that has crystallized. Takes a little longer but it works.

I think only commercial producers heat the honey and that is to get it to flow faster and to speed up the bottling process. No need for us little folk to do that. I wouldn’t do it anyway.

Thanks for your posts.


59 posted on 08/15/2011 2:05:06 PM PDT by miele man
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To: dennisw

I particularly liked how after many paragraphs of frightening charges and accusations - at the end they offer a solution - use “True Source” honey!!

This thing reads like a paid advertisement. A simple google of these “True Source” people indicates they are some kind of industry cartel - and ironically - one that imports honey as well.

Conflict of interest anyone?

All they want is Gov’t controlled higher prices for users.


60 posted on 08/15/2011 2:07:16 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: miele man
Not only would I do it again ... I'd do it 10 years earlier! Who knew you could grow in affection for insects? I even enjoy assembling the woodenware and painting it. Need to do some of that tomorrow.

I need to order a very small bee suit because my 2-1/2 year old granddaughter absolutely loves to visit the hives.

61 posted on 08/15/2011 2:20:38 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: nuconvert

Same here,


62 posted on 08/15/2011 3:04:18 PM PDT by primrose (PRIMROSE)
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To: dennisw

Thank you for the clarification. Perhaps the best motto is... In God We Trust (only).


63 posted on 08/15/2011 3:30:19 PM 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: JustaDumbBlonde

For some fun check out top bar beehives. There are youtube videos on them.


64 posted on 08/15/2011 3:50:37 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: PGR88

The beehive business and the honey business are a free for all. You can get into it and see how you fare. There is no cartel. Beehives are trucked all over California and America to pollinate certain crops at just the right time. A beekeeper can make more from pollination services (for hire) than from the honey

During WW2 many beekeepers were forced to stay at home on the home front. Pollinating crops was deemed more important than fighting our enemies. Certain crops need an assist from beehives (pollination) on the premises otherwise you get skimpy yields.


65 posted on 08/15/2011 3:58:08 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: taildragger
Listen, on line and be scared....

Gee, that sounds like fun!

66 posted on 08/15/2011 3:59:08 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: deks

Just buy some nice thick unfiltered honey from your local yokel...then you cannot go wrong


67 posted on 08/15/2011 3:59:36 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: miele man

My real problem is being in a suburban development. I mow my own grass but my next door neighbors have a crew that comes in with mowers, blowers, gasoline powered trimmers. I’m afraid of their guys getting stung and me getting sued.

I kind of forget. To re-queen your hive how do you extract the present queen? When I had hives I could never find the queen. After extracting Queen you would kill her I presume?


68 posted on 08/15/2011 4:08:36 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT -- works better if you're already smart)
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To: fso301

Ye gods! with all the air and ground pollution there is in china, this stuff must glow in the dark! EEEK!!


69 posted on 08/15/2011 4:38:23 PM PDT by redhead (I will vote for Sarah Palin, even if I have to write her in. —)
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To: fso301
Chinese minister was caught in a 'Honeytrap'
70 posted on 08/15/2011 4:51:40 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

Some of the canned fruit at Target and Cub Foods is from CHINA!!!. If it doesn’t say “Product of USA” Don’t buy or eat it!

The FDA and USDA don’t have the manpower to check the flood of food from China for contaminates or adulteration, and for God’s sake don’t eat any seafood, frozen or otherwise from China.


71 posted on 08/15/2011 5:14:14 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We get our honey from our neighbor who has several hives. It’s raw, and contains the pollen from our own area; good for allergies I’ve heard. It tastes good, too.


72 posted on 08/15/2011 7:26:24 PM PDT by Twinkie (You can't spend your way out of debt !!!)
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To: DTA

"Captain, tricorder readings indicate she consumed honey of an Asian origin, with a toxic level of heavy metals, fecal coliform bacteria and melanine".
73 posted on 08/15/2011 7:33:33 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Rick Perry was a democrat. So was Reagan. Oh crap.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
“Thank goodness I have my own hives.”

You have hives? Have you seen a doctor?

74 posted on 08/15/2011 7:37:53 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Will88

Canadian merchandise can be labelled Made in Canada if more than 50% of VALUE is created in Canada.

That means, if you buy apple concentrate in China for 20 cents a pound and make apple juice out of it you can label it made in canada, because out of $1.59 for a liter of juice apple concentrate is worth 10 cents. Perfectly legal


75 posted on 08/15/2011 7:56:22 PM PDT by DTA (U.S. Centcom vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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To: roaddog727

(As opposed to cow, pork or sheep waste here.
excrement is excrement.)

you are obviously very ignorant on the subject..

The use of human feces as fertilizer is a risky practice as it may contain disease-causing pathogens. Nevertheless, in developing nations it is widespread. Common parasitic worm infections, such as ascariasis, in these countries are linked to night soil, since their eggs are in feces. There have also been cases of disease-carrying tomatoes, lettuce, and other vegetables being imported from undeveloped nations into more developed nations.

Human waste may be attractive as fertilizer because of the high demand for fertilizer and the relative availability of the material to create night soil. In areas where native soil is of poor quality, the local population may weigh the risk of using night soil.

The safe reduction of human waste into compost is possible. Many municipalities create compost from the sewage system biosolids, but then recommend that it only be used on flower beds, not vegetable gardens. Some claims have been made that this is dangerous or inappropriate without the expensive removal of heavy metals.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_soil


76 posted on 08/15/2011 8:00:09 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: DTA
Canadian merchandise can be labelled Made in Canada if more than 50% of VALUE is created in Canada.

Surprising, but not a shock. There are just a heck of a lot of people in business and government who do not want consumers to have knowledge of where the products they buy were actually produced.

And, if sellers thought giving consumers that knowledge would be a positive reflection on their products, they'd put true country of origin information in a prominent place on labels. The opposite is also true, obviously.

77 posted on 08/15/2011 9:08:58 PM PDT by Will88
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To: dennisw
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.

My brother had Type I Diabetes. He used honey in place of the regular cane sugar most of us use, because it's easier to digest and causes fewer problems for diabetics. High fructose corn syrup is practically a death sentence for diabetics. I wonder if he was consuming high fructose corn syrup, and if it contributed to his death.

78 posted on 08/16/2011 4:06:20 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

“..you are obviously very ignorant on the subject..”

Perhaps.

but how long have people in LDCs been using human excrement as a fertilizer for their crops? Do we see a significant incidence of human pathinogens infecting those who consume said said crops?

IF so, one would expect to see a significant decline in the indigenous population. This appears not to be the case. The LDCs continue to out-populate industrialized nations.

kindly explain this dichotomy.


79 posted on 08/16/2011 7:18:38 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; SoConPubbie; Beckwith; Kaslin; Starman417; nutmeg; beachn4fun; bert; Danae; USF; ..
Whats all the complaints about Asian Honeys?

I love Asian Honeys.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

80 posted on 08/16/2011 8:05:40 AM PDT by expatguy (The Expat Needs Beer Money - Cough Up!)
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To: expatguy
"Whats all the complaints about Asian Honeys?"

No telling what contaminates honey from China. Did you read the article?

We don't knowingly eat anything from China.

If you love Asian honey, by all means enjoy it at every opportunity!

81 posted on 08/16/2011 11:10:15 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; expatguy

ASIAN HONEYS...I take that to mean the TWO LEGGED kind.


82 posted on 08/16/2011 2:02:37 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

83 posted on 08/17/2011 1:29:46 AM PDT by expatguy (The Expat Needs Beer Money - Cough Up!)
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To: Fred Nerks
Yes I can tell you a thing or two about Asian honeys.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

84 posted on 08/17/2011 1:31:13 AM PDT by expatguy (The Expat Needs Beer Money - Cough Up!)
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