Honey? - Real concerns in Australian markets

Concerning article but worth a read.


Hello everyone

the following link may also be helpful for anyone unaware;


Hello Keepers’

I have had the honey badgers after me today! The news article seems to have spread the rumour that I have lots of really good honey for sale. I hope a couple of really big gums in the street come into flower real quick!

Cheers Roland

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Also two articles in the Canberra Times 3rd and 4th September.
Sad but not surprising. We can always expect this problem where we “the public” are looking for cheap and low cost. The other side of the problem is where organisations interested only in profits and dividends for the share holders buy into specialist and agricultural companies.
Not a new problem, has been going on for 100’s of years since the age of colonisation started.

This YouTube video was posted on the 3rd of September 2018

The sad but true facts within enforce the previous post

Hello again

this link also shared with me today by another concerned beekeeper, I do wonder if this was about Australian wine, milk, baby food or the like how much front page news it would attract as an almost 20% failure rate seems too bloody high all things considered as I understand it.

All the more reason to buy quality local honey from your local beekeeper… or better still to become a beekeeper yourself (LOL)



Newest 7:30 report video here:

Would feeding my bees sugar syrup adulterate my honey?


In answer to your question… only if you harvested it as ‘capped sugar syrup’ rather than allow them to consume it as is typically the case when your feeding your bees sugar syrup. Hence beekeepers typically feed bees to build them up and not for the sake of feeding.

Does this answer your question ?



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Yes it does as I plan to add supers for the purpose of harvesting honey and during that time I will not be feeding my bees

Definitely agree with this. If the super is on the hive, feeding shouldn’t be happening.

At this early stage of the season, investigating the hive regularly should reveal the bee numbers building up (with lots of brood), which is a good measure/indicator for the timing to put the super on.

I will be adding supers this weekend as 3 weeks ago the build up had started with eggs and capped brood

Feeding bees is used either to help them along in winter and early spring and to encourage the build up of brood prior to or early in the season. It is not something you do through the season like a herd of cattle.I would hope beekeepers are not just ad lib feeding sugar syrup.

When you feed bees the risk of sugar syrup in the comb comes if you overfeed them and the syrup is stored in the comb prior to use. ie it is simple moved. Normally, like nectar the syrup is ingested with the usual added enzymes etc and then it is stored as honey.These enzymes convert the sugar into the component mono sugars.

The amount relative to the total honey in a full super is minuscule and not something to worry about. Feeding anything other than your own honey or sucrose (white cane sugar) is dangerous and not recommended.

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This report and similar reports in the newspapers are typical of their sensationalist reporting and systematic failure to present the facts properly. Failure of the reporter and the scientist to report the brands covered just continues to add to the panic and distrust being built up against normal beekeepers.
First the problem largely involves only a couple of brands from major suppliers. The main issue has been that they are guilty of false labelling and failing to note that their brand is a blend of overseas and Australian honeys. Clearly the problem is with these imported honeys and they are clearly being adulterated. The question is whether any other organisations are importing and adding overseas honey and not revealing it. I would suggest that any honey that comes from any of our major beekeepers is just pure Australian honey. That said I have no doubt that a small number of small local and urban beekeepers are purchasing the lower priced honey from supermarkets and adding it to and selling it as their own honey at a higher price. Let this be a warning to them and if we are aware of this occurring we should speak out. Similar practices occur with other produce sold at local Farmers markets under the guise of home grown.

The university study reported that alkaloids and harmful substances, antibiotics and irradiated pollen were detected. Here again there is a mine of misinformation. While irradiated pollen and antibiotics might be associated with imported honey the likelihood of finding substances such as herbicides, fungicides and other materials which gardeners and farmers put on their plants is unfortunately high. But no more than in any of the food we buy and eat and in the environment in which we live. Beekeepers need to be aware that alkaloids and similar substances have been reported from honey sourced from Patersons Curse (Salvation Jane, Vipers Bugloss).
It was reported that Manuka honey was not Manuka honey which is no surprise given the confused advice being given to producers by the DPI. I would like to know how they tested for this and doubt their findings.

Meanwhile we as beekeepers should take every opportunity to help our consumers understand the real issues and assure them that good Australian beekeepers like ourselves are producing real honey.