A&M Professor Discovers Key To Detect Fake Honey

By: Alex Lotz Email
By: Alex Lotz Email

COLLEGE STATION One Texas A&M professor claims there's counterfeit, or fake honey. Nature's sweetest treat may not be exactly what you think it is.

"This is definitely not from Texas," said Vaughn Bryant, PhD.

The sweet golden glow of honey seems like nature's gift to some, but that's not always the case. "If you are willing to pay a premium price for good honey, then don't you think you should get that?" Bryant said.

The Texas A&M University professor said some of the honey actually 'counterfeit honey.' "Essentially counterfeit honey is honey where we had no idea where it came from, and we have no idea what food sources were used to make the honey," Bryant said.

The professor examines hundreds of pollen samples to determine where the honey comes from. The national expert said the reason it is counterfeit honey is because the pollen was taken out. "Without any pollen, you don't know where it was made and what was used to make it," Bryant said.

Bryant said that the mislabeled honey raises national concerns, especially about it's safety and quality. "That's why in the United States if you don't have pollen in it, it could contain genetically modified pollen or none," Bryant said.

He's pushing for a new Senate bill require companies to be stricter with their nutrition label content. The bill will require the U.S. to check honey that is being imported into the country. Bryant says this will give consumers the peace of mind to enjoy their honey.

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