In the last few months I’ve come across many articles on the subject of “illegal honey”. Many of these articles talk about what a problem this has been, and that the problem seems to focused on honey from China, but very few give great detail about what “illegal honey” really means. I decided to do a little checking around and I contacted the honey experts at Honibe. I talked to John Rowe from Honibe on this subject and he cleared up a lot.
He focused on three key impacts that illegal honey is having on the honey industry, environmental, trade, and health. I have to admit that I was rather sceptical about this talk of illegal honey, and I imagined that it might be a ploy by honey producers to try and stop the trade of cheaper honeys into the market. While this is an issue, the real problem comes down to why this honey is cheaper.
I also found a great link on the subject of home honey hives, well worth reading.