Despite the new labelling laws, Australia’s largest honey producer, – Capilano, is still disguising the fact it is selling cheap imported honey in Coles supermarkets under its revived Allowrie brand.
Presumably that is honeywhy the label doesn’t identify Capilano as the honey producer, and instead states that it is a Honey Corporation of Australia Pty Ltd product.
Nevertheless, the address provided for that company is 399 Archerfield Road in Richlands which is, you guessed it, the home of Capilano.
Doubtless Capilano’s switch to disguise, and to imports, was originally said to be prompted by a honey shortage amongst the company’s usual suppliers in Queensland.
Queensland apiarists certainly suffered badly in 2015’s extremely hot summer, with the wax honeycomb in some hives simply melting in the heat.
But there are a number of disappointing aspects to Capilano’s action.
The Allowrie label certainly met the prevailing regulatory requirements by stating that the bottle is “Packed in Australia from quality imported and local ingredients.”
Arguably it also will meet the new labelling laws without disclosing country of origin.
And when I was last in a supermarket, the products label was unchanged from when I first photographed it in 2014.
It said that “While our preference is to use Australian honey, in times of drought and honey shortages we may source quality assured international honey until Australian honey is available again.”
But against the current backdrop of an emerging scandal over fake imported honey, it may be worth considering whether it is Capilano itself who has assured the quality of this imported honey.
Moreover, some reports suggest that Capilano’s honey is being imported from China and Argentina. Both countries have been associated with fake honey scandals in the past.
So it is disappointing that Australian consumers are not being told where the honey is being imported from.
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