Category Archives: Food Politics

The Bittersweet Truth About Honey

The Bittersweet Truth About Honey
The Bittersweet Truth About Honey

I did a post last year on adulterated olive oil and have also since learned that much of the honey that is sold around the world is adulterated, as well.  If you are in the US, it is believed that more than a third of the honey sold there is not pure honey and is likely smuggled in from China and India.  The honey from these regions often contains dangerous heavy metals and also antibiotics.  The United States’ FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have assured consumers that the honey is safe even though food safety experts have attested to the fact that the biggest honey packers in the US knowingly purchase honey that has been mislabeled and sent there from China. The reason is believed to be one thing.

“It’s no secret that the honey smuggling is being driven by money, the desire to save a couple of pennies a pound,” said Richard Adee, who is the Washington Legislative Chairman of the American Honey Producers Association. Read the rest of this entry

Is This *Really* Olive Oil?

Is This *Really* Olive Oil?
Is This *Really* Olive Oil?

I decided to write this post today because I’ve been reading a lot about this lately.  Since I live in Europe now, I thought this might be interesting to those on this side of the pond, as well as back in the U.S.

“Olive oil has historically been one of the most frequently adulterated products in the European Union, whose profits, one E.U. anti-fraud investigator told me, have at times been “comparable to cocaine trafficking, with none of the risks.”
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