Friday, March 31, 2006

Bulgaria Markets 'Fake' Honey

Sofia News Agency, 3/31/2006

Most of the honey offered on Bulgarian market is not natural, the local union of honey-producers revealed.

About 80% of the honey in stores has fructose and glucose added, according to Gancho Ganev, head of the Bulgarian association of beekeepers.

Speaking at the opening of an international honey expo in Dobrich, Ganev tried to bring attention to the problems of the business.

In recent years a combination of climate changes and unfavourable purchase prices has weakened the industry, the professional said.

Producers in Bulgaria make only about 0.2 euro out of a kilogram honey, according to Ganev.

Still, some 80% of the Bulgarian produce is exported to other countries.

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