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Save the Bees Australia, 13 June 2016 ·

Honey Dumping

As the world wakes up to fake and inferior honeys Australia with powerful lobbying from corporations and weak labelling laws has become the dumping ground for honey.

In 2015 10,000,000 kgs of “honey” was imported into Australia – 10 MILLION KILOGRAMS!

Consumers need to know how much of this so called honey is blended and labelled product of Australia. We ask on the behalf of all hardworking Australian beekeepers to please support us by purchasing honey directly from the beekeeper where possible, please don’t buy supermarket branded honey or where the label says “from imported ingredients”. Country of origin is not required for ingredients in Australia. New laws coming in will still require no country of origin.

Packers can pay up as little as $2kg for imported “honey” devaluing what our Australian Beekeepers produce. Australia is currently importing 6.2 million kilograms directly from China of so called honey. There is a ban in the USA on Chinese honey due to many tests indicating that the honey is a form of processed sugar syrup, syrup fed to bees instead of nectar from flowers or honey diluted with syrup.

Our beekeepers have been struggling over the recent years, Neonicotinoids droughts, bushfires, logging. By devaluing honey with imported inferior substitutes, we’re not helping our beekeepers stay in business – and without their support where are we as consumers going to get our food pollinated from?

Not only has imported honey devalued Australian honey domestically due to insufficient country of labelling laws – but it also has Australia listed as high risk for possible adultered exported honey thus tarnishing our good name! – making it very difficult for honest honey producers to sell overseas.

Imported honey also creates a biosecurity risk. Foulbrood is an infection that is very contagious that is often present in honey causing havoc amongst commercial beekeepers. With the risk of disease imported honey brings some operators have resorted to dosing their bees with antibiotics twice a year.

We have seen the devastating implications of corporate dominance on dairy farmers.

Consumers are advised to buy direct where possible. Please support Australian beekeepers by buying local honey.

Please use the honeymap.

Post by William Rogers , Simon Mulvany

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