THE City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) is asking for the city council’s assistance in fighting the sale of “fake” honey in the city of Baguio.
CVAO’s Dr. Silario Bested is calling on the council to form legislation to regulate the sales of honey in the city, as well as penalize those that cut their honey products with sugar but sell it as pure honey.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong also ordered the City Permits and Licensing, Public Order and Safety and Market divisions to go after those found selling diluted honey under false labels.
The city has also sought the help of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help identify pure honey being sold in the city.
According to Magalong, the city’s beekeepers aired concerns and appealed for intervention from the city, claiming that fake and diluted honey is hampering sales of genuine honey.
The beekeepers claim that pure honey from their member association are typically sold in self-made containers and labels, while diluted honey is often sold in recycled containers such as gin bottles.