Australia’s Capilano Honey only exports 100 percent authentic Australian honey to China and nothing less, assured its top executive. The company’s chief executive Ben McKee said the company has never sold blended honey originating from different countries other than Australia to China…Full Article: Aug 2016

Key Point

  • Australia’s Capilano is accused of importing Chinese honey and blending it for resale back to China. Capilano stated that its Allowrie brand is blended with honey from China, Mexico and Argentina, but that product is only sold by the company in Australia. Sales of Allowrie on China’s e-commerce site, Taobao, is being attributed to “individual sellers” not affiliated with Capilano.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2014, Chinese honey consumption topped 350,000 MTs or roughly 260 grams per capita (Japan has per capita consumption of 300 grams). Also in 2014, China had 300,000 to 350,000 beekeepers.
  • In 2013, China produced 450,310 MTs of honey. Henan produced just over 99,000 MTs of honey or approximately 22% of China’s total output. Zhejiang was the next largest honey producer at 79,951 MTs or 18% of total output.
  • In 2010, China produced 398,000 MTs of honey, or roughly 26% of the global share by volume.
  • From 2002 to 2004, the EU banned Chinese honey imports due to products tainted with antibiotics (e.g. chloramphenicol, streptomycin, and tetracycline). During the early 2000s, the EU ban (along with an anti-dumping duty by the USA) helped spur smuggling of adulterated Chinese honey via third-party countries such as India.
  • In late 2011, the USA imposed an anti-dumping duty of 221% on Chinese honey exports.
  • From 1997 to 1998, China’s honey industry suffered from a bacterial epidemic (i.e. “foulbrood”). In order to combat the epidemic, China applied antibiotics such as chloramphenicol that later tainted retail Chinese honey products.

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