There is precedent to protect naming. We have creme not sherry, sparkling chardonnay not champagne, and tawny not port, and in the USA you could once order ‘fresh Australian barramundi’ actually farmed in Massachusetts in restaurants but now seems to be called ‘Australis barramundi’ or just barramundi.
I doubt the honey industry has a comparable treaty so it relies on truth in labelling as practised in each country or trade bloc.
To stir the pot if someone exported a complete hive and could keep its DNA pure would its product still be Australian honey? Is an Aussie living in the UK still an Aussie? What if the Aussie picks up a strong cockney accent? Back to lab analysis and the courts.
We have seen and posted about labelling issues across many products where companies have used places in product names to make them seem more valuable/pure/high quality, where the place had nothing to do about the product. Some ‘wineries’ and ‘dairies’ are also reputed to be nothing more than factories in our industrial suburbs that package and label generic goods. Are they legitimately dairies and wineries or just packaging companies, so about those valuable names?