“If we buy Chinese honey, as we do far too often, we know it may contain chloramphenicol or some other antibiotic that is illegal in any food product,” said Brady, who produces about a million pounds of honey a year. “To find it and not report it is criminal.”
Two-thirds of the honey Americans consume is imported and almost half of that, regardless of what’s on the label, comes from China, the Seattle P-I reported last month.
The newspaper’s five-month investigation into honey laundering — the intentional mislabeling of the country of origin — found that tons of Chinese honey coming into the U.S. is tainted with banned antibiotics.
I think this is connected to our honey shortage, which is connected to colony collapse, of course.
It’s interesting that I’m posting so much about bees. I’m terrified of them. Literally, they make me want to cry and run, the minute I see one. It’s terrible. We were talking about it, in my psych 333 class (which is miserable, by the by), it being nonsensical phobias. And whatev, I hate bees.