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Shoppers being stung over fake honey claims

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Some of Australia’s biggest honey brands are facing accusations they’ve been peddling fake honey.

An independent report released today has shown almost half of the 28 brands of honey tested from supermarket shelves have been potentially laced with rice or beet syrup.

The German-based lab tested blended and imported honey samples from Australian supermarkets including Coles, Woolworths, ALDI and IGA.

The testing found 12 of the 28 honey samples were “adulterated”, meaning they were mixed with something other than bee nectar, including the well known Capilano’s Allowrie-branded Mixed Blossom Honey.

Executive Director of the Australian Honeybee Industry Council, Trevor Weatherhead tells Chris Smith there are concerns around the validity of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) testing method used.

“We know one company who sent honey overseas to two different laboratories under this NMR testing and one said it was adulterated and the other one said it wasn’t… so there were contradictory results.”

Trevor’s advice to consumers wanting to make sure they are getting the real deal is to check the label and “if it says 100 per cent Australian then you’ll be knowing that you’re getting 100 per cent Australian”.

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