The results of these investigations allege that Chinese honey was imported by the defendants and mislabeled as if it was coming from other countries in order to avoid millions of dollars in anti-dumping duties. Chinese honey is subject to tariffs of 221 percent.
The results of this investigation do not allege any instances of illness or other public health consequences attributed to consumption of the Chinese honey. However, tests by the Food and Drug Administration have determined some of the imported honey was adulterated with the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin, which is often found in Chinese honey. Ciprofloxacin is an unsafe additive banned from the U.S. food supply.