What is honey?
Australia has a strict definition of honey, see:
To be labelled honey in Australia, it must meet the definition of:
"honey means the natural sweet substance produced by honey bees from the nectar of blossoms or from secretions of living parts of plants or excretions of plant sucking insects on the living parts of plants, which honey bees collect, transform and combine with specific substances of their own, store and leave in the honey comb to ripen and mature."
There has been a company which was fined for selling a product labelled as honey, when in fact it was found not to meet the above definition:
Should one have evidence of products being sold as honey which does not meet the above definition, one should lodge a complaint with the ACCC with enough evidence supporting their claims.
When one makes a generalised statement about the quality of supermarket honey or that of major honey suppliers, one needs to ensure that it is based on facts rather than the opinions of vested interest parties. One also need to have sufficient evidence to prove any assertions made. If the evidence is compelling, then one should be able to name and shame.
SBS also prepared the following information which is also relevant to the above.
The major supermarkets also sell more than honey from the big honey companies...some which is Australian organic and/or raw/cold processed.
Food labelling requirement, including honey.
With the recently introduced tighter food country of origin labelling requirements, it is easy to see if a company is diluting Australian honey with imported honey. The labelling I have seen in a recent supermarket visit, indicate that the big honey suppliers don't appear to be doing such. I suggest others do the same, even if one doesn't buy honey from the supermarket (like us).
Should one have evidence of imported products being sold as Australian, one should lodge a complaint with the ACCC with enough evidence supporting their claims
Imported organic products
In relation to quality or certification standards for imported organic products, refer
In particular section 8 which states:
"Imported products shall comply with this Standard, shall have been under an inspection system deemed acceptable to the CO, and shall be labelled in accordance with this Standard." The standard referred to is the AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED ORGANIC STANDARD 2013. In effect, an imported organic certified/labelled product has to meet the same standards as a Australian organic product.
Should one have informatiion that any organic labelled product does not meet the standard, they should lodge a complaint with the ACCC.