Update on Honey Fraud investigation by FDA

They are currently coordinating with other FDA units as part of the investigation on this matter.  The meeting of the Product Recall Committee was convened last February 24 and it was decided that they will be collecting more samples from the market prior to conduct of laboratory analysis for the honey.

The helpful and informative email from the FDA is attached below…

FDA email update on Honey Fraud investigation

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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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4 Responses to Update on Honey Fraud investigation by FDA

  1. Francois Gouttes says:

    Copy of my message, this day, to Mr Christian Estimada, from FDA

    Dear sir,

    I am a French resident in the province of Siquijor.
    Since my arrival in the Philippines in December 2014, I have been tricked a few times, trusting the labels of honey-imitation products claiming to be pure and produced in the Philippines.
    Since I have been working in my young years in a bee-farm, I can recognise by the smell, the consistence, and as a last resort, of course, taste, if the product is pure true honey, impure honey or fake honey.
    I was surprised to see the reaction of the sellers when I came back to their shop claiming that they are selling “FAKE HONEY” !! most are not interested to know, just to make money by selling anything that is marketable, whatever the quality !!
    As to the customers, I discovered that most Filipino have never tasted true pure bee honey .. they are therefore easy targets for these crooks who sell an industrial product labelled as true honey.
    After having been tricked 3 times, I decided to buy honey imported from USA, as I know that the strict regulation of this country make this kind of cheating more than difficult. The product I found with many difficulties is of excellent quality ….
    I am happy that I found this product .. and sad when I think about all these courageous and honest Filipino bee-farmers who are striving to bring a healthy and tasty true pure bee honey on the market, and are rejected because of the unfair competition of these crooks selling their crap EVERYWHERE at a portion of the sell price required to have a bee-farming activity with a minimum profit margin.
    I have then started a search on Internet and found the website / blog “beephilippines” of Julian Wright.

    After reading with much attention all the content of this website, I arrived to the conclusion that the only point on which CEM is right is when they say : ” Why only us?” …It is obvious that by saying that, they admit that they are selling fake honey – which is the reason why they refuse permanently to give any indication about their supposed suppliers – and they are complaining about the fact that Julian Wright is only denouncing them !! because they know that if by miracle the FDO remove their products from the shelves of the hypermarkets, supermarkets, minimarkets (their product is everywhere!), another crook supplier of fake honey, like for instance EUPC will take their place.

    Here in Siquijor Dumaguete, we even find fake honey without name. The labels are hand-written mentioning : ” Pure raw honey” and a phone number that is -obviously- never attended.

    For this reason, I would advise you to take new samples not only of the crap from CEM, but also from the other swindlers abusing Filipino people since more than 30 years with their fake honey.

    The purpose of this letter is not to pretend to ” teach Filipinos because I am a foreigner with superior knowledge”. No, No and No .. the purpose of this letter, as of all my other actions on the ground, is to help bringing to the Filipino market good and healthy products, correctly and honestly labelled, and to help eliminating, if any, the underground protection that such crooks could maybe be benefited at high level from corrupted politicians or public servants.

    I am convinced that in the term of a few weeks only your Organisation will take the necessary steps to withdraw Nationwide all these illegal products from the shelves of all commercial establishments, and apply the fines established by Filipino legislation to each of these abusive companies or individuals.

    With my best Regards,
    Francois Gouttes
    Ecogreen Siquijor Inc., co-founder.

    • Julian says:

      I agree with you Francois.
      I would add however, that the biggest negative impact is on Philippine agriculture which is suffering in an increasingly poor pollination environment since native bees are being needlessly killed, and a beekeeping industry is being held back by fraud. Millions of farmers loose billions of pesos because their crops have low and declining yields. This has knock-on damaging affects for the rural economy and society.
      I trust that the FDA and other government departments will consider these factors when dealing with honey fraud.

  2. hossam says:

    Hello Francois Gouttes
    Can you tell me about the source where you purchased the Honey natural
    You can e-mail me via email

  3. Gonzalo B. Misa says:

    Dear Julian,

    I am a small time beekeeper in Quezon City, Philippines.

    I made inquires with FDA and asked if they can certify if honey is pure or not. FDA said that THEY DO NOT CERTIFY IS HONEY IS PURE OR NOT. They only accepted registration of honey. FDA referred me to F.A.S.T. Laboratories, one of their authorized labs and FAST gave me the criteria for FDA registration:

    Sample to be tested: 100 ml sample per parameter

    Glucose 60% min P4500
    Sucrose 10% max P1200
    E Coli must be negative P950
    Yeast and Molds must not be present P610 +vat

    Gonzalo B. Misa

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