Most Honey in the U.S. Isn't Honey at All, Food Safety News Reports

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You'd think that honey would be the last food item to be tampered with in this era of food supply manipulation and control. It seems so pure, it never spoils (there's even safe-to-eat black honey found in Egyptian tombs), it's sweet and it's what Winnie the Pooh lives for -- but it appears that more than 75 percent of the U.S. honey supply is ultra-processed and smuggled into the country by the barrel drum, to the point where all the inherent medicinal and traceable properties are completely gone. 
 
Food Safety News has blown the top off of the Mr. Honey Bear bottle and explains what's been happening to our honey and how honey isn't honey anymore. We spoke with Eleanor Dziuk Absolutely Delightful to get her opinion on the honey story.
 

All the sticky details after the jump.

It's pretty clear that when you rip open the packet of honey "sauce" at a particular major fried chicken chain with ingredients labeled as: honey, high fructose corn syrup and other nonsense you know basically what you're getting (not much of anything beyond sweet) and you go on with your day. 

That's not what we're talking about here.

What Andrew Schneider at Food Safety News is exposing is the honey that you buy at the supermarket labeled simply as honey. What he's learned is that almost all supermarket honey has had all the pollen filtered out to the point that most world health organizations would not consider it honey anymore because "without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources."

Additionally shocking and frustrating is that in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration notes that "any product that's been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn't honey. However, the FDA isn't checking honey sold here to see if it contains pollen."

The story gets worse. Food Safety News had done an earlier study and found that "U.S. groceries flooded with Indian honey banned in Europe as unsafe because of contamination with antibiotics, heavy metal and a total lack of pollen which prevented tracking its origin."

So, FSN had 60 jars tested and, yep, almost all of it came back negative for pollen, including Sue Bee and the darling Winnie-the-Pooh brand honey. On a positive note, every sample tested from " farmers markets, co-ops and "natural" stores...Trader Joe's had the full, anticipated, amount of pollen."

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One of our local sources for honey at the farmers' markets is from Eleanor Dziuk of Absolutely Delightful Arizona Honey. We wanted to know what she thought about this story.

Not surprised she commented, "all it's good for is sweetener." She said that most of what she sells is her cloudy unfiltered raw honey since more people are interested and aware.

Dziuk continued by explaining the same challenges with royal jelly and how it's more difficult to source than honey. Royal jelly is the secretion from honey bees that go to feed larvae and the queen bee. It is thought to have more positive properties than honey and is even believed in Chinese medicine to treat infertility. "You can't find royal jelly produced here," she explained. But the royal jelly you do find has been processed and priced artificially low.

She tells us that we have to be careful when we're searching out bee pollen, too. "When you go to stores like Sprouts you might find that it says it's 'packaged in' the U.S. but that's a whole different story than 'produced by,'" she warns.

Dziuk and her children, Annalee and Ian, who also work the markets, get big reactions from folks at the markets who taste the honey that they source from a few different beekeepers (one in the Valley, one in Wickenburg and one in Flagstaff). She usually brings her own jars for the beekeeper to fill that she then takes to the markets and often hears "wow, I didn't realize there were so many different kinds." Supermarket honey "doesn't taste anything like this."

The source of all his ultra-processed honey is China. While the U.S. has stated that we don't want this fake honey, there are still brokers out there who will assist in switching the honey storage drums and create bogus country of origin papers.

To read the whole eye-opening story, head over to Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey: Ultra-filtering Removes Pollen, Hides Honey Origins at
Food Safety News.

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lucifer69
lucifer69

 Did you guys know is a natural Antibiotic? I bet this way we are getting the fake stuff so they can keep Americans doped up.

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To conquer this people try to protect themselves by the means of taking high anti-oxidant food, where honey is one of the best choice to satisfy this need.

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I think Food Safety has done a great research and conclude to that the honey is no anymore in US and the whole market is flooded with indian honey I didn't know about this thanks for the information.

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I think Food Safety has done a great research and conclude to that the honey is no anymore in US and the whole market is flooded with indian honey I didn't know about this thanks for the information.

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김태근

Where is all the honey gone?

pult du
pult du

Just require a sticker in the largest font on the product stating "We can not verify the origin of this product and it is not honey - USFDA"

meeble
meeble

never trust the Chinese honey...

Concerned mom
Concerned mom

Just wondering. What do I look for when buying honey since the supermarket honey says pure honey but it's not because it's been ultra-processed?

Naturalmomma
Naturalmomma

look for "raw" honey. from a local honey farm is better.  our local supermarket and health food stores all sell real honey. of course it costs much more but is well worth it.  also buying local honey is better for you too, because it exposes you to your local allergens and will help you fight any allergies you may struggle with.

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

They did note that "every sample tested from ' farmers markets, co-ops and "natural" stores...Trader Joe's had the full, anticipated, amount of pollen.' So, head for TJ's or your local farmers' market.

pult du
pult du

when a product like honey is SOLD as honey -- just because YOU and other people think there is no difference, that isn't the point; it is fraud, pure and simple.

Why wouldn't someone just buy "super saturated sucrose"? Because they don't want that.

There are so many micronutrients we know nothing about yet -- that it is absurd to think that merely protein, sugar, starch and vitamins is all it takes. This might be a comforting delusion for the processed food industry -- but it doesn't jibe with real health.

People who are truly healthy, eat a full range of vegetables and fruits, and some hole grains. Tons of carbs and meat are NOT necessary for great health.

>> I just think that, while you are right about the "chinese medicine" being a non-scientific and therefore, lame reason to boast of the benefits of royal jelly -- you are also being unscientific if you don't know that royal jelly can preserve insects for years without spoilage -- obviously, there is something going on there in terms of bacteria.

The "shape" of a molecule makes a huge difference in biology -- and the nonsense spewed by the likes of the Corn Syrup lobby; "all sugar is sugar" is absolutely bogus. Refined sugar gets absorbed in the stomach, and less "refined" and lower glycemic index sugars like Agave get absorbed in the intestines -- it makes a HUGE difference in metabolism where it is absorbed and how quickly a food item is digested.

The DNA in your body, may be the same DNA throughout your body -- but depending on what part is exposed (based on protein folding) a cell may turn into a muscle or a nerve.

Food is a lot more complex than you are presenting it -- and FRAUD is fraud.

Wayne
Wayne

I think you mean WHOLE grains.

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I consult for a company that makes extremely high quality, ethical dietary supplements. They are, in fact, obsessed with the quality and integrity of their products. In spite of this, the FDA subjects their products to "intensive investigation" each time they import them.   No problems have ever been found however the FDA harassment continues to the extent that the company recently had to lay off three employees due to the cancellations the FDA delays have caused in delivering the company's products to its buyers. This agency is no more than a lap dog for the drug companies.  They are presently prosecuting a campaign, with the help of congress members who have taken large campaign contributions (bribes) from the likes of Pfizer, Merck, Sandoz, and other pharmas, to destroy the dietary supplement industry. At the same time they are ignoring their primary responsibility, to keep food sold in the US clean, safe, and in conformance with its own regulations. This is evident from the increasing instances of contaminated and unsafe food entering the market and resulting in the death and injury of US citizens. 

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