After fake oranges, city trains sight on adulterated honey
The city government has sought to stop the peddling of adulterated honey said to be prevalent at the city market and other areas in the city.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Aug. 26 directed the City Permits and Licensing, Public Order and Safety and Market divisions and the Baguio City Police Office to go after sellers of diluted honey being passed on as the pure kind.
The city will enlist the help of the Food and Drugs Administration which has the authority and technical know-how to distinguish between the pure and the adulterated kinds.
The mayor said a beekeepers group had aired concern and appealed for intervention to stop the open and widespread sale of such products during the first consultation with the agriculture sector last Aug. 12.
The group representative said they produce only the pure kind and use their own original containers when these are sold to the public while those who sell adulterated honey usually put these in recycled containers of other products like gin bottles and others.
The City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) under Dr. Silardo Bested asked the city council to come up with a legislation that would regulate and ensure that honey being sold in the city is 100 percent pure and not mixed with sugar and penalize those engaged in the unfair trade practice. – Aileen P. Refuerzo