The FDA will now start an investigation
into the fraudulent honey trade
On the 14th January the FDA sent the following emails…
Background to this intervention by the FDA
Some Philippine citizens believed that there may have been some sort of ‘improper understanding’ between the FDA and the fraudulent honey trade. For example, a long-established and respected beekeeper gave me a verbal account of how he had tried to ask the FDA in a meeting about what was being done about the CEM operation and that the nature of the responses were evasive and implied that this had already been dealt with in some way – although he was given the distinct impression that he was not going to be told how it had been dealt with.
The FDA had been contacted many times by myself and others about the problems of honey fraud over an extended period. Apart from the automated email response, I had received no response from the FDA, until September 2014 when there was the first indications that the issue was being considered.
I thank the FDA management for taking this step, and I am sure that many other people will also be appreciative of the action being taken by the FDA.
Hopefully the result of the investigation will make important and much needed improvements in the regulation and implementation of the honey trade, so that fraudulent, adulterated, fake and mis-labelled products can be removed from the market-place.
Only when the retailers and public can trust the quality and provenance of honey products is it possible to have an honest and genuine market-place. The value of honey as a vitally important by-product of pollination by bees will then be better understood and realised which will be a critical factor leading to improved crop yields and incomes for millions of rural people.