The European Union is targeting counterfeit honey in China with new labeling rules

Beekeepers across the EU have long said they complain about cheap foreign mixes using sugar syrup. The European Union is changing its food labeling rules to prevent the smuggling of Chinese honey; This was agreed by the European Ministers of Agriculture and the EU Commissioner for Agriculture at this week’s meeting.

Honey is one of the most common counterfeit products in the world, and EU beekeepers have long complained about declining industrial-grade honey production in China, the world’s largest honey producer. In China, it is common for producers to mix honey with sugar syrup – a practice that does not meet EU standards; But Diagnosis of natural honey Makes it difficult.

Current EU labeling rules for honey now require the country of origin label, but when imported honey is presented as a combination of honey from different countries, these categories are ambiguous: just mentioning the EU , Non-EU or mixed honey.

There has been pressure for “accurate and unambiguous” labeling of the honey mixture, led by France, Portugal and, in particular, Slovenia, the land of amateur beekeepers, to use its presidency pressure on the Council of the European Union to put the issue on the agenda.

Slovenian Agriculture Minister Jوزهze Podgorورek told a news conference that EU Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski had recognized the need to amend labeling laws. The same is true of member states – the vast majority of them also expressed their support. Pudgorcek added that the commission has plans to draft revised guidelines on honey.

Slovenia wants countries of origin to label “mixed honey” separately on labels. Interestingly, Podgorورk did not name China or any third country, but it is one of the largest exporters of honey to the EU, along with Ukraine, and counterfeit Chinese honey has been the subject of much debate in Brussels for years, especially because EU beekeepers They are dissatisfied with this unfair competition (competition with counterfeit honey and Chinese mixture). Consumers are also deceived into buying genuine honey.

The minister said that some EU countries also want a new label to show how much honey is used in the composition of each region. Honey can be cheated by adding sugar syrup or harvested very quickly from beehives.

EU The EU relies on beekeepers outside the EU for 40% of its honey consumption.

The Slovenian minister said the proposal was likely to be finalized during France’s presidency of the Council of the European Union early next year.