The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issues warnings about alleged adulteration of honey

A warning has been issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) about the adulteration and impurity of honey in name brands on British supermarket shelves.


Tests were carried out which were commissioned by a British honey trader who works with Mexican bee farmers, who then sent the results to the FSA.


The results suggest that some supermarket versions contain foreign sugars, colourings or flavourings.

Once the FSA alerted trading standards departments, retailers and suppliers they stated;

“We take claims of adulteration seriously and are working with local authorities to ensure the companies involved explore these allegations and guarantee the authenticity of the honey they sell.”


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