Significantly, Hungary provides 10% of the European Union’s full honey production, which means an amount of about 20-30 thousand tonnes of honey per year. But, despite the major decrease in the production this year, the prices did not increase because of the availability of the Chinese honey, writes alfahir.hu.
Unfortunately for the beekeepers, this spring brought frosts and the ice caused damages, which all together then resulted in the major decrease of honey production. This, though, was supposed to cause an increase in the buying price, but, because the Chinese honey is available, the increase did not happen.
The Hungarian Beekeepers Association calls attention to the fact that the price of honey has decreased in several member countries of the EU. Therefore, based on the rules of demand and supply, in case of low supply and high demand, prices should increase. Well, this is where the honey from China turns up out of the blue.
According to the professionals of the Association, the Chinese honey is being worked at a nectar condition in factories, then machines ripen it under uncertain hygienic circumstances until the “fake honey” is ready, and still cheap.
Furthermore, it is often difficult to differentiate between the Chinese and European honeys, when the former is being repackaged and then being sold labelled, for instance, with the Hungarian or Spanish flags, appearing as a product made in the EU.
Therefore, the Hungarian beekeepers consider the government’s interference necessary and would support any steps taken through the EU against the cheap and fake Chinese honey.
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