Sunday, July 21, 2013


before continuing with yesterday's topic of so-called honey without pollen..... I thought you might be interested in what was going on in my backyard today, first. 

George, the Bee Man, (aka: George, our dear son-in-law) is starting a new hive in the empty box we were going to put our last swarm in before they took off.  It's the box next to our hive (the tower of 3 boxes). 
He put one of these boxes (below)with screen on both sides in the hive box.  There is a queen, sugar water and about 14,000 little girl honey bees.
He then sliced the screen so the bees and get out and closed the hive box with a board across the door.  This will let the bees have time to get used to their new home and queen.  Tonight we will open the door a bit so they can explore somewhat.  Hopefully they will like their new home and then one of these days George may move them to a new area. 

So now onto the article from Food Safety and why ultra-filtering isn't a good thing:

Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey

Ultra-filtering Removes Pollen, Hides Honey Origins 

What is ultra-filtering?

Ultra filtering is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen, which is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey. It is a spin-off of a technique refined by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey – some containing illegal antibiotics – on the U.S. market for years.
Food Safety News decided to test honey sold in various outlets after its earlier investigation found U.S. groceries flooded with Indian honey banned in Europe as unsafe because of contamination with antibiotics, heavy metal and a total lack of pollen which prevented tracking its origin.



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