Asaja (Spain) requires measures to increase control of honey imported from China
The ASAJA, Spain farmers union has demanded measures to control honey imported from China, “before the flood of cheap imported honey” coming into the country and posed “big consequences” for Spanish beekeeping.
They said that despite of annually produce 32 million kilos of honey there is imported 21 million kilos of it, of which 14 million, 67 %, comes from China.
The other imported honey comes from other countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland, which, in turn, are also importers of China.
According to the farmers union, there is a practice of mixture of Spain and imported honey, for consumption to be labeled as »mixture of EC and non – EC honeys«.
This makes it difficult for consumers to know the origin of honey and causes the lower price.
Since ASAJA announce they have repeatedly called on the relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Health and the Department of Public Health, controls on imported honey alleged, because otherwise, beekeeping in Spain, specifically beekeeping in Castile and León, is bound to suffer serious consequences.
The problems of imported honey for these year in Spain is also much bigger because of lower production of honey than in 2012, bacisly due to bad weather.
Source: www.finanzas.com and www.globbarea.com