Food Safety News posted the article Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey Ultra-filtering Removes Pollen, Hides Honey Origins.
The article starts with the following:
More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn’t exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News.
The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled “honey.” The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world’s food safety agencies.
I was immediately disturbed by this opening. I have read many recommendations to eat local honey to build up your resistance to pollen allergies because the local honey has many of the pollens you are breathing in the local air. Eating the pollen in the honey builds resistance to the pollen you breathe.
I have never found that store bought honey ever did any good for my pollen allergies, and now I know why.
According to the article, your best bet for getting the real thing is to buy local honey direct from local bee keepers (although Trader Joe’s honey was tested and found to be the real thing.) Read the article.