Europe eats more honey than it produces, therefore it imports the rest and 50% of its honey imports come from China. The largest importers are the UK, Belgium and Spain.
The odd thing is that, while naturalists seem to be concerned about the fall in the global drop of bees’ population, the amount of honey consumed greatly exceeds the total possible production of honey. At the same time, China has become the world’s largest producer of honey, with 473,600 tonnes produced in 2014 (compared to the EU’s 161,031).
How is this possible? The answer is simple: FAKE HONEY & FRAUD.
Sales of honey earned China $276.6 million (€231 million) in 2016. Between 2000 and 2014, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization, its production has increased by 88% driven by a rise in exports. But the number of beehives over the same period only increased by 21%. China’s bee population is declining, like everywhere else in the world, due to pesticide poisoning, pollution, and a loss of bee habitat due to urbanization.
So where does the Chinese honey come from? Unripe honey is harvested when it is still a watery soup with high water contents.It is then artificially dried, resin residues are eliminated by filtering, pollen may be removed or added to mask country of origin, and syrups are added to meet the different market prices.
Quite recently China discovered that syrup created from rice and added to honey can remarkably increase the honey production while it is difficult to detect in a standards laboratory.
Unfortunately greed is not a sin exclusive to the Chinese alone. Cheap Chinese honey has been an incentive for several European countries to import cheap honey from China and then re-export it as a local produce. As a result a number of European countries have seen their honey exports increase dramatically in parallel with their imports from China, mainly Spain, Slovakia, Portugal, Poland, Netherlands, Lithuania, Italy, Ireland, Germany and Belgium.
The Chinese sanitary authority (AQSIS) is said to be severely controlling the quality of export honey. Can we believe it? It is a fact that fake honey has been driving down the price of bulk honey globally with the result that Chinese exporters now cannot compete with pure honey at current prices.
They say that you are what you eat, but do we really know what we are eating? It really is up to us the consumers to be more aware of what we buy and what we eat, although
sometimes it is difficult to do with some products when the correct labelling is not available.
The requirements for declaring the origin of honey are extremely low, most of the honey that you find is labelled blend of EU and non-EU honey but it does not tell you where
it comes from.
Counterfeit clothes, counterfeit labels, plastic rice, low hygienic standards fake foods and now also fake honey. You might never hear of Royal Jelly again! Perhaps some of us may not even know what it is. There is a desperate need to introduce a serious curb on Chinese imports and Chinese imports via third countries, labelling is not that effective when labels can be printed to say whatever one wants.
It is high time that our governments start protecting their own people and even stop poisoning them for the sake of money. From where I stand it looks like China is getting
wealthier at the expense of every man, women and child in our western worlds whilst fattening a few greedy politicians