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This is what I would prefer to eat. To get nutritional facts on it, you have to write to them snail mail. Who writes letters any more? I applaud your desire to vet your food supply choices for school dining. Looking carefully at the label and questioning what we are eating is an important part of being a responsible member of society, not to mention our own health and well-being. The drive toward low cost food and availability is at the center of the food quality issue. The need for safe food is obvious, yet we must be able to trust what we read on the label if we are to have a viable food market, especially when we are buying through distribution the middle men between suppliers and retailers and not from the farmers themselves.
Food grading laws and guidelines could be the answer to that. As I have mentioned before, the current USDA honey grading system and enforcement is not up to the task.
But it is woefully inadequate when honey is purchased for its intrinsic healthful properties and flavor. If you are looking for more than a generic, honey-flavored sugar replacement, the only way to be sure of the honey you buy is to obtain it directly from a trusted bee-keeper who can credibly respond to the requirements above.
Now to answer your question. It is beautifully written and I can find little wrong with anything it says… if you accept the fitness of the current inadequate USDA honey standard.
The information about ultra-filtration has inaccuracies. Ultra filtration is not at the molecular level, but it does remove pollen—which is currently the best way to determine the source of the honey. Pollen identification can help determine if the plant actually exists in the country where the honey was apparently produced and confirm the country source.
For more, see Common Processing — Filtered Honey. Nevertheless, it is a good beginning towards improving the trustworthiness of labeling. There are still problems with the True Source Standards in my opinion. For instance, it categorizes specific countries as low and high risk, but omits countries that have much better overall honey standards and enforcement than the USA and many of the listed low risk countries.
Omitting the European Union France, Germany etc with some of the finest varietal honeys in the world seems like a protectionist tactic rather than a safety issue. Philosophically-speaking, we need to work towards raising our honey standards and enforcement to those currently enjoyed by the wine production market in the USA.
And we can learn much from the European Union, the masters of agricultural marketing. While I see nothing wrong with the Signature Clover honey produced by Costco when compared to other mass produced, blended honey products, I would encourage your school to purchase honey from local producers.
Why not support your local farmers? Honey is easy to store and lasts for years. There is no food safety or freshness reason not to. Please consider making it part of your overall food services philosophy to purchase all locally-produced food possible and the rest through your usual sources. Finally, here is an interesting thread on this very topic by US beekeepers Costco Honey. Can you please tell me what that means?
Is the honey from Argentina and bottled in the US? Is it a mix of honey from both countries? Just curious… Thank you! I am going to make an educated guess and say that it is likely a blend of Argentina and USA honey.
Nothing wrong with Argentinian honey in my opinion! The best, most health giving, beneficial, honey is raw honey. This is unheated, unprocessed, unfiltered, unstrained honey which has all of the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, pollen, and propolis that the bees created it with.
It tends to be cloudy, and you can see pollen and bits of propolis and comb floating around in it. Refined honey has been heated and strained, which destroys all of the beneficial enzymes, removes the nutrition, and essentially leaves the honey nothing more than honey flavored sugar with none of the health benefits that people take honey for to begin with.
The reason for the heating and destroying of the health benefits is simply to make the honey look appealing. This is thought to be more appealing to consumers and believed to sell better because of its visual appeal, though it is closer to being toxic than healthful in this refined form. The grading system tells no one anything about whether honey is nutritious, raw, or processed in any way at all. You can have strained raw honey, which is clear with nothing floating in it, and still retains all the enzymes, vitamins and minderals, and nutritional and health giving benefits.
The only thing the grading system does is grades visual and aromatic quality of the honey, regardless of any nutritional value, and regardless of any health giving, or health robbing qualities at all. The grading system for honey is essentially useless to the consumer, and provides no nutritional or health giving quality evaluation at all. Leave it to the government to come up with a system that is useless to the consumer and actually deceiving, as the lower the grade, the higher the quality in reality since, unfiltered, unheated, unprocessed raw honey has pollen, propolis, and bits of comb floating in it giving it a lower grade though it has the highest nutricnal, and health giving benefits of all.
The most important aspect that is not included in the USDA grading system is a test for heating. This is normally done in other parts of the world by testing the levels of hydroxymethylfurfural HMF , a substance created by heating and by age of honey.
If this was added to the grading system, and one chose the strained style of USDA rated honey to ensure we get the non-soluble honey components such as pollen , then we would have a better chance of using the USDA grade as a factor for determining a healthy honey product. For now, in the absence of any other grading factors or buying it directly from the beekeeper , then choose a USDA Grade A, strained honey for the best chance of getting a good product.
And of course, the best way in absence of any other information is to buy honey in the comb, produced within the last 2 years. This is never heated and never filtered. Honey the way the bees made it. And where would honey stand used in a beverage on the sugar tax bill? I was told by a local beekeeper that Costco honey is imported from China and packaged in Brazil. I checked a current bottle and sure enough it says Product of Brazil.
While this type of sleight of hand is often used to get around trade sanctions, duties, taxes etc, I would expect this to be the exception not the rule. Argentina produces prodigious amounts of honey on their own. Honey can be tested for origin unless it is microfiltered to remove pollen.
Nevertheless, large distributors of honey like Costco usually blend together honey from many different sources to create a consistent, and in my opinion, bland version of honey. I recommend everyone buy from local beekeepers that produce unprocessed, unheated honey and get truly delicious honey from someone you can trust.
Pat, this is not true at my Costc. I just purchased honey at Costco yesterday and it clearly states on the front of each bottle it is a product of the USA and Argentina. You are absolutey correct Mike.
If organic is defined as free of all chemicals and man-made contaminants, then there is little truly organic honey in the world. When chemicals are found in the wax then it is in the honey. Bees can travel up to 4 miles to collect nectar; this equates to 50 square miles.
Finding this sized spot on the planet with nectariferious plants free from all chemicals and contaminants is almost impossible. Insecticides are a common chemical used in agricultural environments, but this usually just kills the bees, so it is ironically not usually found in honey. There are some spots in world that probably get close.
New Zealand it one of them. And honeys from remote areas with no agriculture nor industrial waste should also get close. I would guess that Heather honey from the high moors of Scotland and perhaps honey from Finland and ironically, given the bad press, from undeveloped areas of China. There are probably more even in the USA, but few and far between. Another source is the type and usage of chemicals used in beekeeping itself.
These can be controlled and if so, help to improve the purity of the honey.