Liquid, creamy, golden, smooth, aromatic… On toast or in a hot drink, honey has found its place on the tables of a good number of French people. We consume an average of 600 grams per capita per year. But do we really know where it came from? A small article slipped into the Food Law which was adopted definitively on Tuesday could well shake things up.
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Because this article specifies that “for honey composed of a mixture of honey from more than one Member State of the European Union or from a third country, all the countries of origin of the harvest are indicated on the ‘label.” Clearly, the list of countries should be clearly visible, whereas until then, the regulations simply allowed to mention that it was a mixture of honeys “originating in the EC,” not originating in the EC “or” originating in and not originating in the EC “…
35,000 tonnes of imported honey
This change? “A non-event”, estimates Vincent Michaud, CEO of Famille Michaud Apiculteurs, a predominant player with a turnover of 120 million euros. And yet the French Honey Union – of which the Michaud Apiculteurs family is part and of which Vincent Michaud is a vice-president – nonetheless made a point of speaking to the press barely two days after the vote of the National Assembly. to “reassure consumers” about the quality of the honeys it distributes. It must be said that the 13 companies that make up this union claim to represent more than 50% of honeys sold in France and nearly 80% of French honeys sold in supermarkets and medium-sized stores. Inform consumers, yes, but “the quality of honey is not directly linked to its geographical origin,” insists the union.