Don’t get stung by fake honey

August 27th, 2013 4 Comments By Lucy Sweet

Manuka honey has become the holy grail for alternative health bores in recent years – and apparently has infinite uses, from curing upset stomachs and treating skin infections to grouting the bathroom.

Manuka Flower 2 300x209 Dont get stung by fake honey

It comes from bees in New Zealand, and can retail at up to £45 a jar. But if you’re the kind of idiot who is happy to spunk almost fifty quid on something you can put on your toast, be careful what you buy. You could just be getting bog standard honey instead of genuine Manuka.

Producers in NZ say that they make around 1700 tons of Manuka honey a year. BUT, in the UK alone, we get through 1800 a year. Globally, it sells 10,000 tons. You don’t have to be Carol Vorderman to see that doesn’t add up.

John Rawcliffe, from the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (Yes, there IS such a thing) said: ‘There is potentially huge fraud. There are higher and ever-increasing volumes of honey being labelled as manuka that are not manuka.’

Despite there being no clinical evidence that Manuka honey does anything other than taste nice, someone is making a sweet profit from honey fraud.

The Food Standards Agency has issued a nationwide alert, asking trading standards departments to BEEware of fakes.

(Sorry.)

Comments (4) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Kevin August 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Maybe the suppliers should say who they legitimately sell to them?

    Interestingly enough looking on Wikipedia they say Manuka honey can also come from SE Australia. How much do they sell? Would it be 8300 tons?

  2. Posted by Bee August 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I didn’t do it, nobody saw me do it. You ain’t got nuffin on me. NUFFIN.

  3. Posted by Boring Boy August 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    spunk on toast?

  4. Posted by shiftynifty August 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Got stung by a bee once…£40 quid for a jar of fuckin honey!!!

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