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Tainted Food from China to Australia

Post  sfg4uKim on 2/22/2013, 6:46 pm

I found this article quite disturbing:

China - New Zealand - Australia

Just one more reason to grow your own.

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Re: Tainted Food from China to Australia

Post  Triciasgarden on 2/23/2013, 12:27 am

That is disturbing! It is so important for us to grow as much as we can ourselves!

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Re: Tainted Food from China to Australia

Post  JackieB999 on 2/23/2013, 8:22 am

Ouch, if it's happening there, they can probably sneak it in many places, like here. I try to buy my other produce at a farmers market. Eat fresh, eat locally!


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Re: Tainted Food from China to Australia

Post  camprn on 2/23/2013, 8:27 am

It's a problem with honey too. And it's not just the quality of food that is an issue. Illegal imports can have a big financial impact on the domestic farmer.

you can read the full article I posted here:
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t14604-fb-buy-local-honey
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Honey anti-dumping case is one of the largest in US history!


Charges linked to major commercial fraud enterprise


CHICAGO — Five individuals and two domestic honey-processing companies have been charged with federal crimes in connection with a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led investigation surrounding illegal importations of honey from China.


The charges assert that the Chinese-origin honey was misdeclared as other commodities upon importation into the United States and transshipped through other countries to evade anti-dumping duties. Altogether, the seven defendants allegedly evaded anti-dumping duties totaling more than $180 million.

... "Trade fraud can have significant implications for the U.S. economy and consumers," said CBP Chief Operating Officer Thomas S. Winkowski. "These products take jobs away from American workers and frequently violate U.S. health and safety standards, potentially endangering the public. CBP is committed to fighting these fraudulent actors alongside our government partners."

...The individual defendants include three honey brokers, the former director of sales for Honey Holding, and the president of Premium Food Sales Inc., a broker and distributor of raw and processed honey in Bradford, Ontario.
In December 2001, the Commerce Department determined that Chinese-origin honey was being sold in the United States at less than fair market value, and imposed anti-dumping duties. The duties were as high as 221 percent of the declared value, and later were assessed against the entered net weight, currently at $2.63 per net kilogram, in addition to a honey assessment fee of one cent per pound of all honey.

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Re: Tainted Food from China to Australia

Post  sfg4uKim on 2/23/2013, 9:18 am

@camprn wrote:It's a problem with honey too. And it's not just the quality of food that is an issue. Illegal imports can have a big financial impact on the domestic farmer.

you can read the full article I posted here:
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t14604-fb-buy-local-honey
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Honey anti-dumping case is one of the largest in US history!


Charges linked to major commercial fraud enterprise


CHICAGO — Five individuals and two domestic honey-processing companies have been charged with federal crimes in connection with a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led investigation surrounding illegal importations of honey from China.


The charges assert that the Chinese-origin honey was misdeclared as other commodities upon importation into the United States and transshipped through other countries to evade anti-dumping duties. Altogether, the seven defendants allegedly evaded anti-dumping duties totaling more than $180 million.

... "Trade fraud can have significant implications for the U.S. economy and consumers," said CBP Chief Operating Officer Thomas S. Winkowski. "These products take jobs away from American workers and frequently violate U.S. health and safety standards, potentially endangering the public. CBP is committed to fighting these fraudulent actors alongside our government partners."

...The individual defendants include three honey brokers, the former director of sales for Honey Holding, and the president of Premium Food Sales Inc., a broker and distributor of raw and processed honey in Bradford, Ontario.
In December 2001, the Commerce Department determined that Chinese-origin honey was being sold in the United States at less than fair market value, and imposed anti-dumping duties. The duties were as high as 221 percent of the declared value, and later were assessed against the entered net weight, currently at $2.63 per net kilogram, in addition to a honey assessment fee of one cent per pound of all honey.

I SAW this and promptly ordered my honey from a MARYLAND producer with a good reputation. I can't wait for The Samaritan Women to start producing honey. This is where I put in three demonstration SFGs a couple years ago.

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Re: Tainted Food from China to Australia

Post  JackieB999 on 2/23/2013, 9:52 am

You can also go to a health food store and they will most likely sell local honey. I have a Rolling Oats and a Fresh Market in my area that sell them. Trader Joe's should have it too.

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Re: Tainted Food from China to Australia

Post  Triciasgarden on 2/23/2013, 1:16 pm

I figure if a company or anyone is willing to lie and deceive, how reliable are their products! Too many products have come out of that Country that are harmful! Sad to say their very own people have suffered for this many times over!

It has been shown, and I'm pretty sure it has been discussed on this forum, that having local honey helps in allergies. Plus honey just tastes so good! It also never expires! How is that for being cost effective!

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Re: Tainted Food from China to Australia

Post  herblover on 2/24/2013, 3:19 pm

I have been buying local honey for quite awhile. One of the RNs where I work and her husband have apiaries. Before trying their honey I never realized the differences in flavor and color that were possible with honey. You won't find that with the generic "clover" honey at the grocery store.

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Re: Tainted Food from China to Australia

Post  Pollinator on 2/25/2013, 12:58 pm

@herblover wrote:I have been buying local honey for quite awhile. One of the RNs where I work and her husband have apiaries. Before trying their honey I never realized the differences in flavor and color that were possible with honey. You won't find that with the generic "clover" honey at the grocery store.

We used to have honey tasting parties - like wine tastings. In the Southeast we have tupelo, blackberry, gallberry, palmetto, sourwood, poplar, goldenrod, orange blossom, (and very rarely) apple blossom. We also brought in buckwheat, basswood, mesquite, star thistle, raspberry and thyme. I never had one I didn't like - though the darker ones like buckwheat and poplar tend to be acquired tastes.

If you've never had a chance to get fresh - and I mean really fresh - comb honey, you need to give it a try. Much of the delicate flavor of honey begins to evaporate, the minute honey is extracted. So you just cannot compare the flavor of bottled honey with comb.

This is one of the glories of keeping your own. In the spring, when the golden streaks are zooming all around you, you open up a hive and are hit with the fragrance of a million blossoms. The bees are so busy that they pay no attention to you. Then you scrape off a piece of fresh burr comb, dripping with new honey, from a frame and pop it into your mouth, thereby opening up a truly celestial experience. NOTHING can compare!

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Post  camprn on 2/25/2013, 1:30 pm

Pollinator STOP! drooling love the idea
just kidding...
I am going to try for some serious comb honey this year. Wish me luck.

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Post  CindiLou on 2/26/2013, 1:16 am

Not nice Pollinator! I had to buy honey comb off my instructor! Just couldn't go to the store! I knew it would be better! It is...I am not trying for comb the first year. I probably won't even get honey lol. Just going to try to keep the little things alive!

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