Manuka Honey Scam
Did someone tell you that manuka honey could heal your infections and stomach ulcers?
And did YOU believe them? How much did the snakeoil cost you?
Coming soon …
In view of the fact that the varroa mite has decimated NZ honeybee population, what percentage of honey sold in New Zealand is
a. Real Honey (rather than sugar and other stuff)
b. Comes from New Zealand (instead of being made in even less sanitary places)
c. Safe for Human Consumption (you wouldn’t believe what they put in that stuff, never mind the snakeoil manuka properties!)
Concern about bee health
There is concern for the health of the honey bee. The National Beekeepers’ Association says New Zealand bees can no longer survive without human intervention.
Chief executive Jim Edwards says the bees are still reeling from the impact of the varroa mite. He says while we think of them as honey producers, they are in fact underpinning three billion dollars worth of income derived from the intensive pollination they provide in horticulture and agriculture. He wants to create a wider understanding of the importance of the honey bee, because they have a major impact on our primary sector.
Beekeepers admits selling poisoned honey
Tuesday Mar 03, 2009
A Whangamata beekeeper who today admitted selling honeycomb which inadvertently poisoned people will be sentenced in three weeks’ time.
The honey, which was sold in Whangamata on the Coromandel last Easter by Projen Apiaries, continued a poison, tutin, which made 22 people sick.
Kevin Prout pleaded guilty in Waihi District Court to four charges, three laid by the Food Safety Authority (FSA).
Three related to the sale of contaminated comb honey, and a fourth covered labelling of the honey.
FSA tests found the honey, marketed as “A Taste of Whangamata Pure Honey”, contained high levels of the toxic substances tutin and its derivative hyenanchin.
The toxins ended up in the honey after bees fed on tutu bushes. – NZPA
New Zealand Emergency Health Warnings: Toxic Honey Poisoning
In New Zealand several people have been treated for toxic honey poisoning. Toxic Honey Poisoning has killed, incapacitated and hospitalized scores of people since 1974.
Ingesting high levels of tutin toxin can result in “vomiting, delirium, giddiness, increased excitability, stupor, coma, violent convulsions” and death.
Consumers, especially pregnant women, are strongly advised to avoid eating New Zealand honey.
A teaspoon of toxic honey can severely affect human nervous system, cause seizures and lead to death. Consumers who develop symptoms of tutin poisoning MUST contact the health authorities immediately. Original Report
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