An unfair competitor that puts this sector –already in troubles– in a serious situation
The alarm launched by Italian farmers (CIA) against imports into the EU of fake honey from China, artificially produced with sugar syrup is very recent. To create this surrogate, bees are replaced during honey maturation and dehumidification, thus reducing production costs and time at the expense of quality and authenticity.
A sector already in crisis in latest years (for example Italian honey decreased by 505 in 2019) –mainly due to climate change that reduced the number of bees– must also face this new unfair competitor which instead increases its production capacity year by year (80,000 tons imported in Europe only).
Fake honey is the result of adulteration (therefore, it does not comply with EU regulations), but it becomes difficult to identify with current border controls when it is mixed with the real one. This is the reason why Italian farmers ask the EU greater protection starting with checks to identify counterfeiting, but above all the obligation to comply with the European definition of honey, a product that must derive entirely from bees without the addition of other substances. Another request concerns the obligation to report the country of origin of honey on food labeling.