Monday, March 14, 2011

UK Food Watchdog Bans 'Miracle' Bee Venom Honey

The Telegraph, 3/13/2011

Bee venom, hailed as a natural medicine to ease conditions from arthritis to cancer, has been deemed unsafe to eat.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has ordered New Zealand company Nelson Honey & Marketing to stop selling pots of honey, which includes bee venom, in Britain.

The company had applied to the UK watchdog two years ago for a “novel food” licence for permission to sell the product.

But the FSA has ruled there is in not enough evidence to prove that eating bee venom, a natural toxin, is safe - triggering a Europe-wide ban.

Clinton Lammas, who distributed the honey under the label Nectar Ease in the UK, last night branded the ruling “ridiculous”. He said he has already sold “about one hundred thousand” jars of the honey by mail order and in independent food stores across the country.

1 comment:

La Mieleria said...

The Spanish like their naturally-flavored honeys, which taste nothing like the standard supermarket varieties. Although the traditional honey to use in making this dessert is rosemary honey, or miel de romero in Spanish, several other flavors of Spanish honey are commonly available. So, check local gourmet food markets, ethnic grocery stores or internet sites specializing in Spanish groceries.Honey from Spain