Re: Good news for the U S BEEKEEPER
I think most of you are missing a VERY important point. Importation of Chinese adultered honey is ALREADY illegal. ICE and members of Congress have been briefed and are informed about the ways Chinese honey is being sent through other countries and arriving in the US. The Honey Packing Companies are WELL aware of this as countries that have no honey production are suddenly a primary source of foreign honey to these packers and they REFUSE to report to the USG when they discover honey that has been altered referring instead to "return" it to the sender.
Like everything else, the existing laws need to be enforced but are not. ICE should have a task force set up to work on this issue, but they do not. If individual ICE agents do not take it upon themselves to initiate an investigation one does not get done. ALL imported honey should be inspected and verified. Any packer who buys honey from foreign honey should have to verify and certify it's purity and country of origin. If they are caught utilizing or not adhering to these regulations they should be fined heavily and/or face criminal charges.
The kicker is that NOTHING is going to be done until you get a bunch of people that are sickened or worse killed from bad imported honey. Then it will be too late. The packers will all cry "I didn't know." but the honey industry, including the US producers and our friends in Canada will have a heck of a time regaining the consumer trust and most will not be able to survive while we wait for people to forget.
Rather then new laws write your congressman. and have them place calls to ICE and the FBI. Your letter should contain some of the following language.
As a US honey producer and or consumer, I am worried about the contamination of our food supply through the importation of honey that contains dangerous levels of chemicals produced in China and various other countries. It is also common knowledge that the Chinese are shipping their honey to the US through other countries listing this countries as the country of origin to evade excise taxes and detection. I am writing you to let you know that failure to inspect these foreign imports threatens our food supply and the livelihood of US honey producers. I am asking that you contact the heads of ICE, the FBI and any other government entity to initiate investigations into this serious and potentially dangerous situation before we have a national crisis.
Keep copies of the letters. Congressman hate this type of thing because the HAVE to act on it. Should something happen and the press and public is made aware that the Congressman was made aware of the problem and did nothing then it is political suicide. So write to as many congressmen as possible...much better way to go then new regulations that are also not enforced.
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