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ACCC to act on mislabelled imported honey

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The ACCC are preparing to act on complaints from the bee industry that some cheap imported honey is mislabelled and does not meet local food standards.

An official said in a Senate hearing last week that the ACCC would make an announcement within weeks.

‘Victoria Honey’, imported from Turkey, is one of four products identified by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council as potentially breaching labelling laws amid claims it isn’t made from honey, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

According to the industry, more than 200 tonnes of allegedly substandard honey have been imported since complaints were first lodged a couple of years ago.

Following tests in Germany, the industry said results show the products do not contain honey and are most likely corn syrup.

The industry has also told the ACCC that imported products with names like ‘Victoria Honey’ are misleading because consumers might think they come from Australia. They identified another imported honey being sold with a map of Australia on its logo.

Australian Honey Bee Industry Council executive director Trevor Weatherhead became aware of the problem after noticing honey being imported pre-packed for nearly half the cost of what local farmers were getting.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon said consumers were being conned and Australian honey producers robbed of a fair deal.

“The penalties should be much more severe. There should be a warning for importers of products,” he said.

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