Honey Sleuths Clamping Down on China’s Fake Honey

September 13, 2022

Honey Sleuths Clamping Down on China’s Fake Honey

The honey detectives are closing in on China’s shady syrup swindlers. Detecting honey laced with sugar syrup is notoriously tricky, but a new test could provide the evidence needed to make fake honey prosecutions stick.

Farming bees is, however, labour intensive, so honey is expensive – and that makes it a tempting target for adulteration with cheap substitutes. The most common fraud is the dilution of genuine honey with sugar syrup, typically manufactured from rice, corn or sugar beet. 

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Story by: JONATHAN UNGOED-THOMAS and JONATHAN LEAKE
1-14-2021 Wired



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