Suffolk MEP Alex Mayer swarmed to the defence of the county’s hardworking beekeepers.
Holding a jar of honey harvested by members of the West Suffolk bee keepers association whilst giving a speech at the European Parliament, Ms Mayer explained how local producers are under threat from imported honey.
Honey is the third-most adulterated product in the world with 20% of imported honey samples not respecting EU standards.
Honey fraudsters add sugar syrup to their product or harvest it early and artificially dry it out to cut time and costs, conning consumers and endangering legitimate beekeeping with knock on effects for the number of bees.
Ms Mayer said “Producing honey is hard work; one little jar of liquid gold represents the nectar from two million flowers.
“That’s why I support a fight back with improved testing procedures, better labelling and higher penalties for fraudsters.”