The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) & honey fraud

The FDA will now start an investigation
into the fraudulent honey trade

On the 14th January the FDA sent the following emails…

Evidence emails from FDA 140115

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.

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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1 Response to The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) & honey fraud

  1. Alex says:

    Good day, Julian! Thank you for this report. And for your efforts and that of the people in this business of producing genuine honey in making sure FDA respond appropriately and show developments by ensuring the teeth of the law is enforced in the marketplace.

    Please note, too, that as a consumer we are after a product that will provide us the utmost health benefits and not harm or sickness. I think concern comes first with yields expectation. After all, consumers will not hesitate to buy when they feel they aren’t being cheated or taken for granted.

    Looking forward to seeing changes made by FDA when I visit one of the supermarket here.

    Thanks! God bless you!

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