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Fake honey

It is all over the news and everyone is talking about fake honey. Is one of Australia’s favourite honey producers fooling consumers? Capilano claim their honey is 100% honey. Who is telling the truth? We are yet to find out whether Allowrie Mixed Blossom Honey produced by Capilano is the real thing? Until recently we would regularly buy the Mixed Blossom Honey.

While all the buzz is about honey, fake honey is not a new subject. The matter came up a few years ago in 2016 when a Victorian bee keep Simon Mulvany took Capilano to court. Mulvany claimed that Capilano were using imported honey and passing this off as Australian honey. The concern is that imported honey or honey that is adulterated may have toxic substances that could damage our kidneys.

The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Inc (AHBIC) tell us that only 5% of imported honey is inspected at Australian borders. AHBIC are also concerned that imported honey could have residues of toxic chemicals. Hence, country of origin labelling is important to our health. Even when cooking from scratch at home I often use honey as an ingredient. When I do, I want to use 100% pure honey, not adulterated.

This is the honey we have at our place now!

It seems to me that there are too many food products recalled these days. Have a look at the Food Standards website Australia and New Zealand.

Is honey all about money? Keeping the price low by using an imported ingredient that is not 100% honey?

What would Winnie-the-Pooh be thinking now after finding out he has eaten fake honey? Or more so, falling into a jar of fake honey – even worse!

The media is buzzing around all over the place with the fake honey story. We will hear more and more about honey in the days ahead and how much fake honey is sitting on supermarket shelves.

In the meantime, you can do a simple test to find out whether you have “real” 100% honey.

  • Fill a glass with water.
  • Add one tablespoon of honey into the glass
  • Adulterated or artificial honey will dissolve in water
  • Pure honey will settle right at the bottom of the glass.

I did the test with the Capilano Yellow Box 100% Australian single origin honey and this is what I found.

The honey went to the bottom of the glass. I only used a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon and even then no trouble drifting to the bottom of the glass.

Maybe you would like to try the test with the honey you have on your pantry shelf? Then you will know whether you have the “real” thing – 100% honey.


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