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Test: Most ‘Honey’ Isn’t Real

May 29, 2013 by  

A recent test by Food Safety News reveals that three-fourths of the “honey” mass produced and sold in chain supermarkets isn’t, technically, real honey.

That’s because the removal of microscopic pollen particles takes away the ability of food inspectors to determine the source, and the safety, of the modified product. And the majority of grocery store honey is exactly that: modified. Most honey sold in the U.S. is put through a process called “ultra filtering” before it hits the shelves, and that removes honey’s signature ingredient – pollen.

According to the study:

Ultra filtering is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen, which is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey. It is a spin-off of a technique refined by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey – some containing illegal antibiotics – on the U.S. market for years.

Here’s a listing of the brands that didn’t make the cut:

HONEEEEEEY

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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