Watchdog find­ings wel­comed

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Column -

CAPI­LANO Honey has wel­comed find­ings by the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion clear­ing it of al­le­ga­tions it had adulterated its “pure

100 per cent” Al­lowrie-brand honey with sugar syrup.

But it be­lieves con­sumer con­fi­dence has been dam­aged by me­dia re­ports that trig­gered the ACCC in­ves­ti­ga­tion, cast­ing doubt over honey prod­ucts.

The ACCC found the Nu­clear Mag­netic Res­o­nance testing, which formed the ba­sis of the al­le­ga­tions last month, was not “re­li­able enough” to de­ter­mine if the honey had been adulterated or not and there­fore could not be used as the ba­sis for le­gal ac­tion.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found Capi­lano had taken steps to “pro­vide as­sur­ance” and did not un­cover any other ev­i­dence to sup­port the al­le­ga­tion Capi­lano’s honey was adulterated with sugar syrup.

The Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture is cur­rently re­view­ing testing stan­dards for honey.

— Lucy Knight

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