D.he Germans love honey – or at least what they think it is. They consume a good kilogram per capita per year, which is more than the inhabitants of any neighboring country; in the morning on bread, at lunchtime with tea or in between as a muesli bar. The local harvest, however, only covers a third of the honey hunger. The majority come from abroad – and sometimes these goods no longer have much in common with a high-quality natural product.
Honey is one of the most counterfeit foods in the world. A US study ranked it third after olive oil and milk; In a 2013 EU Parliament document, it was ranked sixth among the most common fake foods.
An examination of 2000 honey samples suggests how big the problem is: