Dangerous Honey

Hello Everyone,

The message is loud and clear -- we must check our imports from China and other countries VERY carefully. If need be, imports must be banned from countries with no product safety standards or those who have been found to falsify data.

Recently, there was a brief report about mercury contamination of High Fructose Corn Syrup. Now we find that honey from China has been mixed with HFCS and who knows what else, to sell a cheaper product for more money.   There is also the possiblility of contamination with Chloramphenicol, an antibiotic that has dangerous side effects.  One of the potential problems is creating Aplastic Anemia, which can be deadly.

Read your labels carefully. We are fortunate that spring is here and farmer's markets will be available. Buy locally. Support your local growers and harvesters. Organize community farms.

It is time for us all to come together and help our neighbors. By doing so, we will be helping ourselves. These are tough times and communities can pull together to get through these times..

United We Stand --- Divided We Fall


"Honey Laundering - A Sticky Trail of Intrigue and Crime"

Country of Origin No Guarantee on Cheap Imports

by Andrew Schneider, Senior Correspondent

SULTAN -- Seven cars with darkened windows barreled east toward the Cascades, whizzing past this Snohomish County hamlet's smattering of shops and eateries.

The sedans and sport utility vehicles stirred up dust as they rolled into the parking lot of Pure Foods Inc., a Washington honey producer.

Out popped a dozen people in dark windbreakers identifying them as feds -- agents from Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some raced to the loading docks. Others hurried through the front door. All were armed.

The man who runs the business, Mike Ingalls, was stunned.

"I just sell honey -- what the hell is this all about?" he remembered asking, as he was hustled into a tiny room with his office manager and truck driver.

Three days before the April 25 raid, customs had persuaded a federal judge in Seattle to issue the search warrant shoved in Ingalls' hands. But it wasn't until Ingalls read "Attachment D" that he understood why investigators were seizing his business records, passport, phone logs, photographs, Rolodexes, mail and computer files -- almost anything that could be copied or hauled away.

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Here's an exerpt from a blog:

Study: Mercury found in high-fructose corn syrup

I'm looking for more information on this shocking new wrinkle in the should-we-avoid-high-fructose-corn-syrup debate: In a peer-reviewed online journal, researchers reported finding mercury in nearly 50 percent of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup. A separate study by a non-profit group found mercury in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name foods and drinks where HFCS is the first or second ingredient.

Here's a list of the foods that were tested by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, whose goals include "limiting the release of mercury and other toxic pollutants that fall onto farmland and enter the food supply." The organization reports that products where it found detectable mercury levels included Coca-Cola, Yoplait strawberry yogurt, Nutri-Grain strawberry cereal bars, and Smucker's strawberry jelly. The top offender on their list was Quaker Oatmeal To Go.

The journal article is online here. (A scientist with IATP was a co-author on both reports.)

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