bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

No quarter given in Taiwan honey fraud

Taiwan beekeepers are calling for stricter controls over honey labelling according to a report in the China Post
The calls were made after consumers were shocked by the news report that up to four-quarters of honey products sold in Taiwan are either fake or below standards.
Four quarters indeed! I think they meant three. But enough of this pedantry.

The fake honey is said to blended sugars, water and chemical fragrants. Some of it had 20-640 pollens per gramme when real honey, they say, should have 2000+. Some fake honey even claimed ISO quality certification -- proving what I always thought of ISO quality: never mind the contents, admire the process.


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