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- Is Your Honey Adulterated?
Is Your Honey Adulterated?
- Updated: April 8, 2014
If the honey that you are buying is mixed with sweeteners be it artificial or otherwise, the food companies are compelled to inform you of the same. They do by adding a fancy term ‘blend’ to their products. This was according to the United States Food and Drug Administration [FDA].
The guidelines which have set down by the FDA are clear-cut and strict. Only those companies who haven’t added sugar, corn syrup or any other kind of sweetener need alert their consumers, others are more than welcome to label them as ‘honey’.
This is done so that they can reach common ground “to advise the regulated food industry on the proper labeling of honey and honey products to help ensure that honey and honey products are not adulterated or misbranded,” the agency wrote as part of their guidelines posted online.
As estimated by the US government and industry estimates, American’s alone consumer more than 400 million pounds of honey each year. However, surprisingly on 149 million pounds of that were manufactured in the US last year. This is according to the findings of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To cater to the American’s cravings for honey, a large percentage of it is actually imported. This is what worries the FDA about cheap and ‘blended’ substitutes.
Pure honey will always be more expensive than those adulterated. In order to promote fair trade the American Beekeeping Federation and many other similar groups are looking for a standardization of the definition of sweetener. This is a petition that will in turn promote fair trade. While this request was not accepted, the agency did express their willingness to take a closer look at the labeling. Manufacturers of honey have 60 days to comment on the proposal before the final guidelines are issued. Having said that the agency as of now has not made them mandatory.