Don't get stung by fake honey
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.
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.