Counterfeit Honey: Illegal Antibiotics, Heavy Metals, & Additives

Fake purses flooding the market, I can deal with. Fake food, not so much. Does anyone have faith in our food system? Because the people who are supposed to be protecting us don’t seem to be doing such a good job. I know that I won’t ever be eating tomatoes sold at supermarkets, but now I have to feel uneasy about buying honey too? This recent article from Food Safety News, which was also featured on Grist, states that a third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to be smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. Additionally, Chinese honey brokers have been known to create a counterfeit honey made of a mix of sugar water, malt sweeteners, corn or rice syrup or other additives with a bit of actual honey. This is incredibly disappointing for people who use honey as a healthier alternative to sugars and corn syrups.

If you have honey in your kitchen, please read this article. If you can afford to spend a few more dollars, then your safer option might be locally produced honey – in our town Ballard Bee Company. I really wish our food system was much more transparent, and these companies and the FDA would stop putting the burden on our shoulders to investigate what’s safe to put in our bodies, and more importantly would care more about peoples’ healths over profits. But it is what it is for now, and we have to be our best health advocates by budgeting for healthy food as much as we can, eating locally and seasonally, and keeping each other up to date with new food news.

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