Its composition in carbohydrates, glucose and fructose contains enzymes, antioxidants and vitamins with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. However, not all products designated as such have these virtues since they are adulterated due to the fraud existing in some imported products. A report from the European Parliament shows that 20% of these products arriving from outside the EU Fallout 4 Perk Chart borders do not meet the required standards and that it is the third most adulterated food in the world. In this study, it is recalled that “honey is a natural product to which no substance can be added or subtracted, and which can not be dried outside the hive.”
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From the association of consumers OCU warn that among the most common deceptions are mixing honey with other syrups, sugar cane or corn or sell mixtures of fake honey from China with another good quality European. Low prices Those who buy Chinese honey also pose a danger to Spanish beekeepers. The importation of large quantities of “adulterated honey at low cost” has caused a collapse in prices in the EU countries that produce the most honey and among which is Spain with 29,147 tons per year.
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“The situation is perverse and unsustainable; We produce one of the best honeys in the world but the packaging industry has stopped buying it because it prefers to source low-quality imports from third countries, “says the head beekeeper of Coordinator of Organizations of Farmers and Cattle Ranchers (COAG), Ángel Díaz.
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The spokesmen of the beekeeping sector of COAG assure that they receive offers of purchase on the part of the industry envasadora far below of which costs to produce a kilo of honey, that at the moment stands at 2.65 euros. For this reason, beekeepers have called for demonstrations on December 11 in 18 provincial capitals to denounce the abuses of the packaging industry to producers and consumers. They have also called for protests for December 13 in front of the Congress members of the platform «Labeled Claro Ya», composed of more than 60 beekeeping associations.
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These marches remain for the coming week despite the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture is studying to approve a decree to implement a more detailed labeling on the origin of this product. This regulation would be modified based on Council Directive 2001/110 / EC of December 20, 2001, which regulates the labels of packaged honey.
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Also, last October the Spanish Association of Beekeepers registered a petition to the Congress of Deputies for there to be clear labeling legislation on the country of origin and the pasteurized. Currently, they denounce from this association, the consumer can not distinguish the percentage of mixture of European original honeys and which are not in the product.
Despite its dubious quality, purchases of this product abroad have skyrocketed. The EU acquires around 200,000 tons of honey, making it the largest importer of honey in the world. Specifically, in our country 75.6 million euros were allocated to buy Fallout 4 Perk Chart honey in 2017, 37.14% more than in 2012; of which 44.5 million were invested in acquiring honey from other EU countries (196% more) and 31.04 million came from third countries (+ 37.14% in that five years).