Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey.
It’s important to buy your honey from a local beekeeper. Look at farmers markets or natural food stores that stock local products. For instance, I buy my honey at Whole Foods, but the label on the jar says it’s from bees kept in a backyard in my town. I pass this house when I walk along a certain trail, and I like knowing the honey is the real thing.
From the article:
•76 percent of samples bought at groceries had all the pollen removed, These were stores like TOP Food, Safeway, Giant Eagle, QFC, Kroger, Metro Market, Harris Teeter, A&P, Stop & Shop and King Soopers.
•100 percent of the honey sampled from drugstores like Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS Pharmacy had no pollen.
•77 percent of the honey sampled from big box stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target and H-E-B had the pollen filtered out.
•100 percent of the honey packaged in the small individual service portions from Smucker, McDonald’s and KFC had the pollen removed.
•Bryant found that every one of the samples Food Safety News bought at farmers markets, co-ops and “natural” stores like PCC and Trader Joe’s had the full, anticipated, amount of pollen.