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Honey industry soured by illegal imports

Honey industry soured by illegal imports

Honey companies and importers are launching a program in January to try to stop the flow of illegally sourced honey from coming into the country.

From the L.A. Times:

Honey companies and importers are launching a program in January to try to stop the flow of illegally sourced honey from coming into the country.

The True Source Honey Initiative is an effort by a handful of producers and importers looking to certify the origin and purity of the honey sold to U.S. consumers in jars and products such as cereals, snacks and glazes.

Americans consume about 350 million pounds of honey per year, but domestic honey can't meet that demand. U.S. honey producers only made 144 million pounds in 2009, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That figure was down 12 percent from 2008.

This has created a booming market for importers — and temptation for a few who want to circumvent taxes on foreign honey.

Sourcing program hopes to catch more than flies after honey industry soured by illegal imports

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