Do You Know Your Honey?
Many of us go to some amount of trouble to source the best ingredients possible to use in our family foods. The Organic movement is well established in most parts of the World and I think most of us genuinely strive to avoid unwanted products in the food we eat. I have friends in the Honey business here in Wisconsin. They aren't the largest producer but the nectar they sell is wonderful and--PURE HONEY. If you are of the mind that when you go to the market and buy honey that says "pure honey" and doesn't admit to being sourced in China, that you are getting real honey, you need to read this story. For the last 40 years the FDA has been promising to establish federal guidelines to determine what honey contains and does not contain, and what can be done to it and still call it "Honey".
Food Safety News did tests on samples that show a shocking amount (77%) of product had been ultra filtered to remove all traces of pollen. The conclusion is that most of the product labeled as honey has been processed, diluted, thinned or modified by Chinese manufactures. Take the time to read the story and find yourself a local bee keeper. If that's not possible and you don't have a farmers market or Trader Joes around, buy Organic.
This is a forum with Global reach. I make an effort to avoid pointing a finger of suspicion at any one country when it comes to food safety policies. In this instance China has a reputation for dumping all manner of chemicals on the world market, denying and covering it up to the detriment of consumers. In the case of honey, the major food sellers like Kroger, Sams Club, Wal-Mart Costco and basically all other major chains are aiding this cover up of the source and turning a blind eye to the issue of fraudulent labeling of products. This should not be.