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Not all honey is ethically and transparently sourced. Most imported and domestic honey is from high-quality, legal sources. But some honey brokers and importers illegally circumvent tariffs and quality controls, selling Chinese honey to U.S. companies that is of questionable quality. This threatens the U.S. honey industry by undercutting fair market prices and damaging honey's reputation for quality and safety. Be sure the honey you and your family enjoy is True Source Certified! Read More...
True Source Honey Pledge
We pledge to adhere to the standards of True Source Certification. We pledge to protect our customers and consumers, as well as the global reputation of honey products, by ensuring to our utmost ability that honey is ethically sourced in a transparent and traceable manner from known beekeepers and brokers; that honey moves through the supply chain in full accordance with U.S. law and without circumvention of trade duties; that it carries truthful labeling as to its source, has been tested to ensure quality, and has been handled in a safe and secure manner from hive to table. READ ENTIRE PLEDGE
Honest Fast Facts
You can make a difference! Whether you're a consumer who loves honey, or a company that helps supply honey or makes products using honey, you can help make sure honey is source-certified. Be a part of the True Source Certified program, or require it when you purchase honey. Click below to learn how!
To report suspicious offers/honey shipments,
go to the allegations page of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The report can be anonymous.
Check Your Honey with a New Look-Up Tool – A new search function on the True Source Honey website allows U.S. shoppers to be sure that they're not mistakenly buying honey that has been illegally shipped from China.
True Source Honey develops helpful infographic to explain the problems with illegally sourced honey.
U.S. Beekeepers Urge Americans To Buy Source-Certified Honey – Facing continued decline in their bee colonies and shrinking honey harvests, U.S. beekeepers are urging U.S. consumers to take an easy step in helping preserve the domestic honey business and assure the quality of the honey they choose: Buy source-certified honey.
Kudos to Costco for Kirkland’s True-Source Certified Honey! – See this great piece in The Costco Connection lauding True Source as an important step in ensuring that Costco’s product is 100% pure honey.
New True Source Video examines the issue of illegally sourced honey and how the True Source program is protecting the reputation and safety of honey for U.S. consumers.
One of the Nation's Largest Honey Packer Admits 'Laundering' Chinese Honey – Read the National Public Radio blog from March 2013 about this major news, in which two honey packers admitted buying millions of dollars worth of illegally sourced honey.
Bee Maid Becomes Certified – Congratulations to Bee Maid Honey in Manitoba and Alberta, Canada, the newest True Source certified honey company! “As food safety becomes more important, our consumers and retailers have a very high expectation that we will always be very confident with our sourcing program. We believe that participating in the True Source program is another way of meeting this expectation,” says Bee Maid CEO Guy Chartier.
True Source Certifies Exporters - True Source certification audits for exporters were finalized in 2012 and several exporters have quickly moved to become certified. Most notably, nearly 70% of the 2013 Argentine honey crop that will be exported to the United States will be True Source Certified. India and Uruguay are also boasting certified exporters, and Vietnam’s first exporter certification is pending. This is great progress for ensuring that U.S. honey and products using honey are source-certified!
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