It's obvious, isn't it? Honey is meant to be a pure, natural product, harvested and packed for you, straight from the hive, just as the bees made it (well, with some additional assistance from a beekeeper - such as putting it into a jar!).
the supermarket high street honeys you see on the shelves might not
always be what they seem - at least in some countries. Unfortunately, contaminated honey has been making its way onto the grocery shelves....although, these honeys may not always be sold from the high street supermarket either.
If you read my honey buying tips, you'll see that in general, I advocate buying from a local beekeeper you trust, or at least an organic label honey, if you can, and I make a few other suggestions and give a few pointers. But the fact is, many people are not able to buy their honey from a local beekeeper.
Therefore, I think it's worth alerting readers to a few issues that have cropped up in recent years, so that you can keep a look out for what you are buying. The key issues you need to look out for are:
An article titled "State expands efforts to combat funny honey that isn't pure" provides interesting reading.
Some quotes from the article:
"People were taking raw honey, adding high fructose corn syrup and marketing it as grade A USDA No. 1 honey, but there is no such thing".
What is also interesting is the scam whereby fakes have been masquerading as expensive honeys!
""They're trading on the good name of honey to sell their product," Kenosha, Wis., beekeeper Tim Fulton said of phony honey peddlers.".
In a further article Your Honey Isn't Honey concerns are raised about the lack of pollen in honey:
In short, I think some countries have a worse problem than others, but for me, by far the best solution is to try and buy your honey directly from a beekeeper you trust. You could also consider becoming a beekeeper!
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