China Accused of Smuggling Honey into U.S.

Saturday, July 03, 2010
(photo: AP/PTI)

America’s honey industry is pleading with the Food and Drug Administration to create national standards for the sweet product in order to curb China’s efforts to dominate the U.S. market. Lobbyists and members of Congress believe China has been sneaking millions of pounds of honey into the U.S. through third-party countries, including India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Indonesia. These nations do not actually produce significant quantities of honey, so it is assumed that the bee product is really coming from China, which then rebrands the point of origin to avoid anti-dumping tariffs.

 
In 2009, 200 million pounds of honey were imported, mostly from Asian countries, surpassing the 144 million pounds that American beekeepers produced.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
 

Comments

Joseph Conrad 9 years ago
Members of the FDA and its former chairman were bribed several times during the ill-fated Bush administration to set 'standards' and regulations favorable to 'industry'. The members and chairman Obama has placed on today's FDA are no better than their predecessors. The name of the game in America since WWII has been, is and will be MONEY. he so-called Rule of Law is long dead in this nation. Myopic and greedy Baby Boomers saw to that & surely deserve to reap what they've sown!

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