bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Saturday, January 07, 2006

HM Customs seize more honey than heroin

Britain's HM Revenue & Customs officials seized nearly 15 tonnes of honey last year -- 10 times the weight of heroin they snatched.

“We're concerned that in many countries it is not being produced in a hygienic way,” a spokesman explains earnestly. Importing honey from more than 100 places -- including Egypt and the Virgin Islands -- is a criminal offence that can land you a £500 fine.
I had assumed the crackdown was an attempt to stop the spread of bee diseases through honey.


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