By Yining Su
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Bad news for all of you who take honey with your tea. The China Bee Products Association has revealed that half of the honey sold in China is fake.
According to the Shanghai Daily, “honey sold cheaply by virtually all street vendors is fake”.
Fake honey products account for nearly half of the market volume, and it is hard for consumers to tell the difference between the fake one and the real one, said Lu Zetian, a senior official with the China Bee Products Association.
New technologies for manufacturing fake honey products have emerged, and traditional testing cannot always detect the fakes, experts said. Fake honeycomb made of gum and fake honey can pass tests such as those for flavonoid plant compounds and the oxidation index, experts said.