China’s next food scandal: honey laundering

SCMP: “China‘s National Television has brought another case of “food forgery” to the spotlight in a country where fake eggs, beef and tofu have become staple items in national news coverage.


Police in Chongqing‘s Hechuan district have discovered a production site for fake honey and confiscated about 500 kilograms of the fake nectar, the national broadcaster said in a report on Sunday.

“The artificial honey contained zero per cent real honey,” the report said, showing a chemical analysis report according to which the honey contained 187 milligrams of aluminium residue to every kilogram of honey.

The report has gone viral on Chinese microblogs, where it has been shared more than 300,000 times, making it one of the most trending topics on Wednesday. Newspapers have followed up with reports on how to identify fake honey.

“Artificial honey has a chemical odour, it either has a pungent or a fruity smell, whereas real, pure honey has a subtle scent of flowers,” one report reads.”

via China’s next food scandal: honey laundering | South China Morning Post.


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