Skip to comments.Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves
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 ...
Adulterated Chinese foodstuffs??
Asian Honey.....got pix?
Although I would prolly hit it just on pure speculation.
Asian Honey.....got pix?
Although I would prolly hit it just on pure speculation.
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.
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!
[cue Papillon Soo Soo from “Full Metal Jacket”]
“Me so horny! Me love you long time!”
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.
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.
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.
I need to order a very small bee suit because my 2-1/2 year old granddaughter absolutely loves to visit the hives.
Thank you for the clarification. Perhaps the best motto is... In God We Trust (only).
For some fun check out top bar beehives. There are youtube videos on them.
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.
Gee, that sounds like fun!
Just buy some nice thick unfiltered honey from your local yokel...then you cannot go wrong
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?
Ye gods! with all the air and ground pollution there is in china, this stuff must glow in the dark! EEEK!!
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.
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.
You have hives? Have you seen a doctor?
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
(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.
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.
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.
“..you are obviously very ignorant on the subject..”
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.
I love 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!
ASIAN HONEYS...I take that to mean the TWO LEGGED kind.
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