TASMANIAN HONEY INDUSTRY’S REPUTATION THREATENED BY LACK OF ACTION BY SCOTT MORRISON
The national and international reputation of Tasmania’s honey industry is potentially threatened by the failure of the Morrison Government to act on the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission’s (ACCC) call for Australia to develop an agreed approach to honey testing.
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “In September last year there was a public outcry following revelations of imported honey being adulterated.
“As a result the ACCC launched a high priority investigation.
“Following their investigations into Capilano Honey, the ACCC found “there is low confidence in the current test method (the C4 test) used to detect adulterated honey.”
“The ACCC also recommended the Morrison Government “develop an agreed approach to testing, and implement more robust programs.”
“But to date the Tasmanian honey industry has heard nothing.
“The reputational damage to our local honey is difficult to quantify, but substitution of imported honey with vegetable products damages the product as a whole.
“The uncertainty around the quality of honey in Australia is equally frustrating for consumers who should have confidence in the food they are buying.
“Consumers are worried they are not getting what they paid for when they go to the shops to buy honey.
“Even worse, in cases of adulterated honey, consumers do not know what these non-honey substances are.
“If consumers do not have confidence in honey, the local honey industry will inevitably suffer through no fault of their own.
“The Morrison Government has known about this issue for months, but has failed to establish a reliable test method to detect adulterated honey.
“The Coalition continues to let honey launderers taint our industry, the integrity and reputation of the Tasmania’s honey industry – regarded as one of the best in the world – could face irreparable damage.
“With the government failing to act, the best thing consumers can do is buy quality Tasmanian honey products; confident in the knowledge what they are paying for is 100 per cent high quality Tasmanian honey.”
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THURSDAY, 3 JANUARY 2019
Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.