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New Ruling on Honeys with Pollen of Genetically Modified Corn Affects European Union's Honey Trade

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Chennai, November 10, 2011: According to a Press Release dated September 6, 2011 by the Friends of the Earth Europe (FOE) and media reports in the UK (see for example, the news dated September 13, 2011 in the GMO Safety site and the news dated November 7, 2011 in the Daily Mail, UK, Online and in the Telegraph, UK; see also the Press Release dated September 6, 2011 by Greenpeace, EU Unit), The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decreed that pollen is an ingredient of honey rather than an intrinsic component. It means, according to the media reports, that honey 'contaminated' by pollen from genetically modified (GM) crops will  have to be labelled so, and will need specific EU food safety approval before marketing.

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Another Arrest in the Case of Alleged Illegal Importation of Chinese-Origin Honey into USA

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Chennai, February 18, 2011 (Thanks to Bhaskar S. Manda, Chicago for the news alert): Continuing with the investigation conducted by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in the case of alleged illegal import of Chinese honey into the USA (see report dated May 27, 2010 in this site), Shu Bei Yuan was arrested in Los Angeles on February 15, 2011 for her alleged conspiracy in the illegal import of honey into the USA to avoid anti-dumping duties. Following is the News Release in this regard dated February 17, 2011 by the ICE wing of the US Department of Homeland Security.

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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Allege Large-scale Illegal Import of Chinese Honey

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Pune, September 10, 2010: In its on-going efforts to check illegal imports of honey into the USA, the country's Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security (ICE) conducted a large-scale investigation that resulted in indictment of 11 individuals and 6 corporations on federal charges. A news release of the ICE dated September 1, 2010 says that the charges by the US Federal law enforcement officials included mislabeling the honey as coming from other countries to avoid anti-dumping duties, and included honey that was adulterated with antibiotics not approved for use in honey production. The news release says: "Between 2002 and 2009, the defendants allegedly conspired to illegally import more than $40 million of Chinese-origin honey to avoid anti-dumping duties totaling nearly $80 million."

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Importers of Chinese Honey Avoid Tariff in the USA through Re-routing

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Pune, May 27, 2010 (sources: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement News Release dated April 1, 2010; Texas A&M News & Information Services dated April 29, 2010; EurekAlert Public Release dated April 29, 2010; Science Daily news dated April 30, 2010; UPI Science News dated April 30, 2010): The news release dated April 1, 2010 of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says that Hung Ta Fan, a Taiwanese executive of several honey import companies was arrested in Los Angeles March 31, 2010 on federal charges filed in Chicago for allegedly conspiring to illegally import honey that was falsely identified to avoid U.S. anti-dumping duties. According to the ICE affidavit filed in Chicago, Fan and others allegedly used fraudulent means between July 2004 and June 2006 to import about 96 shipments of Chinese honey with a total declared value of more than US $ 4.5 million, falsely identifying it as originating in South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

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'Standard of Identity' for Honey in Florida, USA

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Pune, July 17, 2009 (sources: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Press Release dated July 13, 2009; APIS newsletter dated July 14, 2009; Florida Melitto Files, Vol. 3, Issue 1, January 2009): Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida, USA (DACS) announced on July 13, 2009 that his department has instituted the first regulation in the nation - and perhaps the world - prohibiting any additives, chemicals or adulterants in honey that is produced, processed or sold in Florida. The regulation, which takes effect July 14, provides the first-ever "Standard of Identity" for honey.
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