Hungary: The destructive effect of Chinese honey can only be mitigated with EU instruments

Published Apr 10, 2024

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Hungarian beekeepers are currently grappling with severe challenges due to plummeting honey purchase prices, a situation worsened by the influx of predominantly counterfeit Chinese honey. Despite a promising acacia season and a healthy start for domestic bee colonies, the price of honey within the EU has seen a dramatic decline, halving since early 2022, which places domestic and other European honey producers at a competitive disadvantage. Investigations by the European Commission revealed that a staggering three-quarters of Chinese honey exports were adulterated, consisting mainly of sugar syrup. In response, Hungary has mandated the indication of origin on honey labels starting July 1st, with the EU contemplating similar measures. There are also calls for stricter regulations and tracking mechanisms to combat the issue of counterfeit honey and suggestions for the reintroduction of customs duties to safeguard EU honey producers.
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The domestic beekeepers are looking forward to this year's acacia season with optimism, however, due to the persistently low purchase prices due to the influx of Chinese honey, which is mostly fake, it is expected that many large domestic honey-producing enterprises may cease their activities this year - Péter Bross, the President of the National Hungarian Beekeeping Association (OMME). (Photo: Pixabay) As a result of the very early arrival of spring, the generational change took place in the domestic apiaries by the middle of March this year, and the majority of the 1.2 million domestic bee families that overwintered in good condition began to lay eggs. The shoots of acacia survived the frosty days of March nationwide, and with weather similar to the current one, this year's season of acacia honey can begin at the end of April. The white acacia is one of the most important domestic honey plants, about which experts are very optimistic: more than half of the expected domestic ...
Source: Trademagazin
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