Show Me the Honey! Australian Honey!

You might have seen recently in the papers and on TV about the Australian honey scandal.

We have been personally following Simon Mulvany & his “Save the Bees Campaign” for a couple of years now. He has been trying to bring to light Capilano’s not so up front dealings regarding how much Australian honey goes into their products. During that time Capilano retaliated with a defamation case against him,  which is still going on today.

Mr Mulvany has been telling us for years that Capilano were selling honey (under multiple labels), that was mixed with imported honey and improperly labeled. Subsequently creating a biosecurity risk for our Australian bees & honey and causing honey costs to fall in Australia, making it harder for our Australian Bee Keepers to remain competitive.

Before the new labelling laws, Capilano’s Allowrie brand only showed that they used imported honey on the side of the packaging, with the wording “Packed in Australia from quality local and imported ingredients“.

Now, they are forced to declare that up to 70% of the honey, is imported. Which is a lot, and they still do not mention, on the product, the countries of origin for the imported honey.

New Allowrie honey label showing percentage of Australian honey.

However when we researched, we did find the countries of origin for their imported honeys on Capilano’s Allowrie website. Listing Argentina, Brazil & China, with their “Allowrie Mixed Blossom” honey, solely using honey from China.

The Latest Controversy

This latest controversy reported in the news, showed almost 50% of the common supermarket imported or blended honey, tested as “adulterated”. Which means it has been propped up with other ingredients, that are NOT honey.

The brands which came back as not being pure honey were:

  • Allowrie – Mixed Blossom
  • Black & Gold – Pure Honey
  • Bramwells – Mixed Blossom
  • Gardner – Mixed Blossom

All of which are labeled as packed with local and imported ingredients, with their import origins likely to be China.

This was proven with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) screening performed on the honey, at the Quality Services International (QSI) Lab in Germany.

This test was was funded by Horticulturalist, Robert Costa, who paid for these tests because he believes cheap imported honey is hurting the honey industry and will have a flow on affect to the agricultural industry.

Mr Costa was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald on 3/9/18 as saying:

If we don’t have bees to pollinate the crops, then we don’t have almonds, or fruit and veg

Too right he is!

Capilano naturally didn’t respond favourably to the NMR test results, standing by their products and claiming the NMR screening done in Europe does not produce reliable results when screening honey from our region.

Further, in a statement released on the 5th September Capilano are going to seek new NMR tests on its Allowrie honey, by an independent Australian lab.

Bees working their hive.

Do you want honey that tastes like real honey?

If you want to support Australian Honey producers, like we do, and don’t want to chance buying “fake honey”, then make sure you check the labels for 100% pure Australian honey, that will look like this:

Australian Food Labelling percentage bar.
With the Kangaroo and the fully yellow measurment bar.

Note Capilano, who own and produce Allowrie, also own these following brands, so check their country of origin label too.

Capilano claim their “Capilano” label itself is 100% Australian honey. A better supporter of Australian Honey suppliers is Beechworth, who do not import any honey from overseas.

Otherwise you can support your local Bee Keepers by buying from them directly, using this Honey Map to help find your local keepers:

A resting bee.

You can find out more information on the NMH testing in the Sydney Morning Herald article exposing the adulterated honey here: https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/capilano-supermarkets-accused-of-selling-fake-honey-20180827-p5000u.html

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