For millennia, tribal cultures have had an important relationship with bees. Under the pen name of Sydney Philippe, I have written a novel called Spirits of the Sun, which includes ‘honey-hunting’ and many other dramatic events.
Being in the food business, I did contact Cem 4 years ago, as I wanted to buy samples. They did agree and went to their “office” or “warehouse” in Mandaluyong. The place was almost impossible to find, no street number on the door, nor Cems or any company sign. Had to call them several times. Then when at the gate , they literally opened the door by 20cm just for the bottles to go through. That was it ! no “hello” or any discussion was possible. I found it very very strange, a typical attitude of someone that has sthg to hide. Then I tried the various honey and understood…. I never tried again……
This is the latest comment by a reader of this website. The Cem scandal has gone on for years, yet still the authorities in the Philippines seem almost disinterested and have not yet brought those responsible to justice, despite overwhelming evidence and testimony.
Please can readers check on their local supermarkets to see which ones are continuing to trade in fraudulent honey.
CEM has no Licence To Operate yet the supermarkets are still flooded with their fraudulent ‘honey’!
This is the SM store in Bacolod today, 1st March 2016 – after the CEM LTO ran out on 20th Jan 2016 !!
It is obvious that all this syrup is not made by Philippine bees – as indicated on the labels. The FDA know this – yet this crime is allowed to take place in the nation’s supermarkets. No response has been received from CEM or the FDA recently.
It appears the FDA have not renewed the Licence To Operate for Cem’s General Merchandising company (awaiting confirmation).
Without a trading permit it should now be illegal for Cem’s fraudulent ‘honey’ products to be sold to the nation’s supermarkets. (Probably, the existing stock in the shops will get run down.) Assuming that this justice takes place, it is a very good day for the Philippine people giving a chance for a genuine marketplace in honey.
It also gives an opportunity for better recognition of the reality of the pollination crisis in the country which is damaging agriculture and the environment, so that this issue can be properly tackled – leading to better crop yields and improved rural incomes.
Despite clear and ‘obvious’ evidence of fraud in the Philippine supermarket trade, the FDA has so far not acted to protect the public after such a prolonged period.
The permit for a major agent of this fraud, the CEM’s General Merchandising company is due for renewal in a few days time (20th January – I reminded the FDA of this on 29/11/15). Without clear redeeming evidence and justification, it would be a gross injustice to renew this company’s FDA trading permit.
Please click on the following link for clear reasons why this is so..
Also, a glance at the many supporting responses from Philippine consumers confirms the fact that there are plenty of reasons to suspend the trading permit for such a food company, that is unable and unwilling to verify the quality and source of its food products.
Please can the FDA respond to these serious concerns
CEM have not responded to the clear accusation of Honey Fraud. If CEM’s operation was legitimately supplying genuine honey, then surely they might bother to reply. Therefore people are left to draw their own conclusions. Below is the FDA permit allowing CEM to continue this abuse of the Philippine public.
CEM has had every opportunity to provide some evidence of the sourcing of your ‘honey’ products for the benefit of your customers.
However, CEM provides no website or any information at all, despite frequent requests from customers and for a public open forum.
Evidently, CEM appears to have no regard for the customer or the truth, and is prepared to continue this criminal fraud for as long as possible.
Once again, CEM is asked to respond to these allegations and inform customers and the public whether the company is trading legitimately supplying genuine Philippine bee honey to the supermarkets as the CEM labelling clearly indicates and as is claimed in CEM documentation.
(Any information the CEM company provide will be published unedited on the beephilippines.info website.)