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.