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Traces of Antibiotics and Honey-Laundering

Traces of Antibiotics and Honey-Laundering

Date:Nov 21, 2018  Visits:
Chinese honey has become synonymous with 'tainted honey' and 'honey laundering'. In the former, antibiotics such as Chloramphenicol have been discovered in trace amounts in Chinese imports.2,3 Some of these antibiotics are known to cause blood disorders, although it is unknown whether the amounts found in the honey are harmful. Further, the imported honey is low-grade and destined to be further diluted before human consumption.

In the latter issue - 'honey laundering' - to avoid paying duties that are imposed by various countries on Chinese honey, China will often route their product through other countries.4 The honey will often undergo filtering to remove traces of pollen that can identify the source of the honey, or the end product is often labelled as another substance.