CFIA caught sugar-adulterated honey

The honey was valued at almost $77,000

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency prevented nearly 12,800 kilograms of adulterated honey from getting to market, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced on the agency’s website recently.

The honey was valued at almost $77,000, she said. It was all from other countries.

Targeted testing by the agency last year found that 78 per cent of the 240 samples were okay; all of the Canadian honey was okay but there were added sugars in some of the imported honey.

Canadian honey producers have often complained about cheating by imports.

The agency said the results are not indicative of the overall honey supply because the sampling “was targeted to focus on risk areas (for example, establishments with a history of non-compliance, gaps in preventative controls, or unusual trading patterns).”

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