Honey laundering is a big problem here in the United States. The Food Safety News, has claimed that according to recent testing, 76% of honey sold in stores in the U.S. isn’t real honey. It’s a fake honey product full of toxic sugars and syrups. Many of these fake honeys are contaminated with antibiotics and heavy metals.
Only 29 percent of the honey consumed in the U.S. is produced domestically. In 2016, 162.6 million pounds of honey were U.S. made, while 369.3 million pounds were imported from countries like Argentina, Vietnam, Canada, India, Brazil, and Mexico.
Honey laundering is a serious concern with imported honey. Chinese producers often add a step to their honey production called ultra-filtration, a process that removes all the beneficial pollen from the honey and has two results: It makes the honey more shelf-stable, and it also removes any way to tell the original country of origin.
Chinese imported honey has also been found to contain chemicals like chloramphenicol, an antibiotic banned in the U.S. that has been linked to cancer and is dangerous to some people. Imported honey has also been found to be a fraud, with high-fructose corn syrup or rice syrup added to the honey.
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