Recent reports indicate the certain brands of honey imported to Australia aren’t honey at all.
According to news sources, the honey arriving in Australia and being dispersed across the continent is made in Turkey, and is allegedly made with corn syrup. Tests are currently being conducted in Germany to determine the exact makeup of the imitation honey.
According to honey suppliers, it is estimated that more than 200 tons of alleged second-rate honey have
been delivered to food stores and suppliers through out a two-year span.
The brand is most commonly labeled ‘Victoria Honey,’ a misleading name given to one of four types of products recognized by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council to breach label laws.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, “Politicians have called for action to reform Australia’s food labeling.
“The penalties should be much more severe,” said Independent Senator Nick Xenophon. “There shouldbe a warning for importers of products,” he continued.
“This is just crazy,” Nationals Senator John Williams told The Herald. “The honey industry is already doing it tough,” he said.
“We’ve got to help them and do what we can for them.”