Honey Fraud in Supermarkets Evidence 2.

Attempts by CEM to silence reasonable public interest questions about the source of their ‘honey’ food products, and the company’s possible connection to other corrupt activity.

As a ‘customer’ I had tried to ask CEM many times about their ‘honey’ products but CEM would not respond.  They would however respond to a large supermarket retailer.  After many emails (over a 12 month period) via the large supermarket retailer, the CEM company actually responded directly to myself (but only after I informed CEM that I intended to publish the ‘Pollination in the Philippines’ study report).

Here is the exchange of emails, and below the emails is the factual summary …

Email sent by CEM to myself on 29/11/13:     Evidence 2 email1

Email sent by myself to CEM on 29/11/13:      Evidence 2 email2

Email sent by CEM to myself on 2/12/13:        Evidence 2 email3

Email sent by myself to CEM on 2/12/13:        Evidence 2 email4

Email sent by CEM to myself on 3/12/13:        Evidence 2 email5

Email sent by myself to CEM on 3/12/13:        Evidence 2 email6

Factual summary   If you have had the patience to read the emails there are several facts that emerge….

1)  The CEM company will not provide me or anybody with any substantive source information about their products.  They are not prepared to demonstrate or prove that their products are genuine honey.  (Because they cannot provide this information and are afraid that the truth will be exposed:- their products are fraudulent!)

2)  The attempts by CEM management  to ridicule truthful information demonstrates their attitude to the facts and their attitude to their retailers and customers.  They are only interested in their ability to run a profitable operation even though it is fraudulent, and detest any enquiry or interference regardless of the reason.

3)  When it became clear to CEM that I was not going to be intimidated or otherwise silenced they stopped responding to any communication, and have refused to offer any facts about their products or company even though they claim that ‘our customers’ benefit is always top of mind’ (see previous post).

4)  The CEM emails above include elements of anger and irrationality but their strategy for silencing public interest questions about their operation is still open to conjecture.  I am trying to make every effort to ensure ‘due diligence’, and so that I do not report anything that is unfair or illegal.  Their manner of insisting on a meeting indicates that they were trying to avoid truthful disclosure by alternative methods. A distinct and likely possibility is that they may have been trying to oblige me into silence by getting me to agree to a ‘bribe’ of some form.  (The next post includes the possibility that the FDA may have been corruptly influenced by the commercial honey fraud trade to avoid investigation.)

5)  CEM refer to the use of lawyers yet no legal case or contact has been made.  Possibly there might be some inadequate trading description of ‘honey’ as a ‘syrup of glucose and fructose with some added components’ that covers their ‘commercial honey’, and that their labels of ‘Raw Wild Honey with beehives and bees etc’ counts as just ‘brands’ which technically could be a legal loophole?!  However they are clearly selling their ‘honey’ as genuine 100% Philippine bee honey, and so such a case would have as much credibility as selling poor photocopies of a masterpiece such as the Mona Lisa as if it was the original painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

CEM and the FDA have been informed of any published honey fraud articles on this website, including this very post.  CEM are welcome to offer their own comments (which will not be edited in any way) for the readers of this website.  If CEM consider that any of the information provided here is inaccurate then surely they can state the facts from their point of view, otherwise CEM leave people to draw their own conclusions!

Note: This post follows on from the articles…

Offer your opinion in the ‘Leave a Reply’ form below….

About Julian Wright

Julian Wright is a British agricultural scientist married to a Philippine teacher, who has a house and some land planted to coconuts and other crops near Dumaguete in the Philippines.
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15 Responses to Honey Fraud in Supermarkets Evidence 2.

  1. allen says:

    Thank you for taking action on this. This is really eye opening… It just shows that they are hiding something.

    Sadly bribery cant be too far from the topic if we ask how and why.

  2. Kristina T. Subido says:

    Some years ago I ran across a blog (under a pseudonym of course) sharing the writer’s recipe for an iced drink which called for honey. She mentioned that for that feature she used the brand that her family produces – Cem’s. I wrote to ask her if their product was in fact natural honey. I never got an answer. The blog has disappeared.

  3. Edison Santa Ana says:

    What do you expect??? That is Save More stuff… CHEAP CHINESE GARBAGE!!! I’ll take my chances buying it from Tsangge… 😉

  4. Leanne says:

    let us share this on facebook with an intriguing but eye-opening phrase “The wicked honey”

  5. Gonzalo B. Misa says:

    I am new at raising honey bees. I had 7 colonies of apis melifera but because of poisoning from neonicotinoid I only have two now.

    I would like to sell my honey and tell people about fake honey. I hear that a lot of synthetic honey comes from India and Chita to USA.

    I have read about how to test fake or real honey but to deepen my knowledge, could you tell me how is honey faked? I read about adding corn syrup to real honey. I am in the process of buying dorsata honey from dumagat tribesmen but the initial sample has no viscosity and is clearly fake. If I know how they fake honey I will be able to deal with them properly.

    Thank you.

    Gonzalo B. Misa
    Agri Growers Multi Purpose Cooperative

    • Julian says:

      ‘Honey’ is inverted sucrose.

      Genuine bee honey has been made from complex and naturally occurring flower nectars and pollen, using the bees amylase enzyme, resulting in a complex of different sugars plus hundreds of micro-components.

      ‘Honey’ can be faked in different ways, although it is not possible to reproduce the genuine complexity and variety of bee honey.

      Simple sugar (sucrose) can be heated up with a catalyst (such as lactic acid) which breaks down the sucrose molecule into glucose and fructose. This crude and cheap sugar syrup is then marketed fraudulently as if it is bee honey, or perhaps it is mixed with other stuff to try and mimic the genuine article.

  6. kathy says:

    When I was looking for raw honey to add to my ailing dog’s diet, I unfortunately came across CEMS. I bought it because I thought no major supermarket would let any fake honey with as daring a label as “RAW WILD HONEY” on any of their shelves. Big mistake! It gave my dog the runs when it’s supposedly to do the opposite. i searched online to see if I unknowingly “poisoned” my dog and found your website. I can’t believe they would scam customers who probably are using honey for health reasons. Despicable. I ordered from an online shop instead, it’s a first time but i think Ilog Maria is legit (I hope they are, and their website seems okay and they won’t even let you buy 2 bottles of honey at once because they have limited honey. it gives me the vibe that as much as they’re doing it for profit, they actually care for their bees too) because I can’t risk buying a dud again from supermarkets. It might just kill my dog when I am trying so much to get her healthy again.

  7. Leah G. says:

    Just read this. Better late than never. Cems just lost a frequent buyer. I used Cems in almost everything that I cook and bake. I use them in herbal teas hoping it would add more benefit. Ugh, I feel sick. The heck have I been ingesting this whole time?! This needs more shares to raise awareness. Thanks for all your efforts, Julian.

  8. Gayle says:

    I noticed how they shifted from labeling their honey as “raw and wild” to “raw and wild brand”.

    LOOP FREAKING HOLE RIGHT THERE. Irresponsible company.

    This BS company is trying to confuse the already confused market. No wonder people get sicker. Ethics is being thrown out of the window. Shame.

    • Julian says:

      Hi Gayle,

      They will try and do whatever they can to evade justice, since they do not have a sense or what is worthy or true.
      They do not care about the customer – only about themselves and what money can be made.


  9. Joseph says:

    I was fooled by this CEM’s honey brand. I hope this fraudulent product will be pulled out from supermarkets and I pray that the people behind this will be punished.

    Thanks for this post.

    I’m from the province of Cavite, I wonder where can I buy pure wild honey nearby our place.

  10. Armando C. Dael says:

    Thank you, Julian, for all your efforts…and more so for your concern for the truth. I’ve been using CEM’s honey for probably more than a year now. As you suggest, it does seem like the BFAD is not willing to cooperate…for reasons we strongly suspect. I know this will take more time and effort on your part…and I call on the other visitors to your blog to do the same…WILL SOMEONE PLEASE ASK A COMPETENT 3RD-PARTY INVESTIGATOR/RESEARCHER TO TEST CEM’S HONEY FOR ITS GENUINENESS AND PURITY?…and then share the results with us? Thanks in advance…really much appreciated.

    PS: I’m not very “tech”ie…so, I’m not sure if I know how to reconnect with your blog. So will you please email me about the results of the investigation/research? Again, daghan kaayong salamat! (That’s Cebuano visayan, the language of Dumaguete…and maybe of your wife. My father came from Tanjay, near Dumaguete)

  11. Jean says:

    Came across your site as I’m planning to go into honeybiz. This info is valuable. Definitely worth sharing.

  12. Alden Clamor says:

    CEMS uses the big clearly readable font for “HONEY” but below using smaller font and ;ight color to blend easily with the background color and not made easily readable is the phrase “flavored syrup”…. So their product is not “Honey” but “Honey flavored syrup”…. Be forwarned…

  13. Kris says:

    Just got fooled by this product. I just bought CEM honey at Ever Gotesco Supermarket. It tastes horrible. It’s like corn syrup. Why the hell big supermarkets sell this stuff. I just read an article that the FDA advised the public to stop using CEM Honey Products. Fraudulent honey products!!!!

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