Posted on: July 11, 2011
News sources indicated that more than a third of the honey consumed in the US is likely to have been smuggled from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. Studies have shown that millions of pounds of the product have been deemed unsafe in many countries, but are still being imported to the US and sold in record amounts.
Authorities claimed that some of the largest US honey packers knowingly buy mislabeled, transshipped or potentially altered honey so that they can sell it at a lower price than those companies that require safety and quality standards and rigorously inspected honey.
Washington Legislative Chairman of the American Honey Producers Association Richard Adee stated, “It’s no secret that the honey smuggling is being driven by money, the desire to save a couple of pennies a pound. These big packers are still using imported honey of uncertain safety that they know is illegal because they know their chances of getting caught are slim.”
After going over international and government shipping records, it was discovered that customs documents and interviews with North America’s largest honey importers unveiled the widespread honey laundering and the staggering amount of Chinese honey being bought by top US packers today.
The US Food and Drug Administration is working to resolve this problem.
As a Columbia personal injury lawyer , I’ve seen food safety issues like this appear in the news before. I hope that no one is injured by the consumption of this questionable food product, but if they are then I would suggest seeking the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer .