Honey Fraud

HoneyMSN Food has an item about the top ten food frauds – one of them is HONEY (click to see item).

The item reads:

“Perhaps surprisingly, there’s a huge international network of honey launderers (sorry!). Honey is one of the most common food frauds of all, and a 2013 study found that there was more honey labelled as the expensive Manuka type in British shops than the total annual production of the variety, much of it cheaper, common-or-garden honey, mislabelled as Manuka.

Also, in 2013, German food company ALW was busted for the largest food fraud in US history, an $80 million scam to import cheap Chinese honey into America mislabelled as the produce of other countries. In a separate development, police in China’s Chongqing Hechuan district discovered a production site for fake honey last year and confiscated about 500 kilograms. “The artificial honey contained zero per cent real honey,” said a report, and was instead a mixture of water, sugar, alum powder and colouring.”

The message is clear – buy local honey from a beekeeper!  If you are in Pembrokeshire you can find some here.

 

Pembrokeshire County Show!

Don’t forget to call in at the PBKA stand at the Pembrokeshire County Show at Withybush Showground, Haverfordwest this week. The Show runs from Tuesday 19th August until Thursday 21st August. Loads to do and see!

We hope to see you there!

The full display
The full display

National Honey Bee Day – Saturday 16th August

Celebrate ‘National Honey Bee Day’, on Saturday 16th August, with a visit to the new ‘Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre’ at Scolton Manor and a demonstration of honey extracting to take place in the ‘Honey Kitchen’ from 2pm.

This magnificent Victorian mansion is hosting the exciting new centre developed by Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association, and this special day is also being publicised on the Visit Pembrokeshire website.

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Facebook Page Rebadged

Pembrokeshire Beekeeping CentreThe bee-eyed among you may have noticed that our Facebook page name has changed to “Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre”. 

The Facebook page

Concentrates on providing our followers, many of whom are not beekeepers, with photographs, news and events taking place at the Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre at Scolton Manor.  It will also get feeds of general interest (like this one) from our main website.

The main website

Provides the primary information about Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association and contains our main information library for beekeepers and members, contact information and calendar of events.

However you keep up with Pembrokeshire Beekeepers Association and the Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre we hope you enjoy what you find.

Successful opening weekend of Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre

Friday 18th July 2014 marked the beginning of a very successful weekend for the PBKA, with the official opening of the ‘Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre’ at Scolton Manor by Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, together with the launch of Scolton’s own Victorian Walled Garden project.

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Saturday featured an Open Day at the Centre as part of National Countryside Week and the ‘Bee Hive’ exhibition was overflowing all afternoon with members of the public coming in to watch the honey extracting demonstration in the ‘Honey Kitchen’ and live pictures from the ‘hive cam’! Members of the PBKA were also present to talk to the public and give hive inspection demonstrations at the ‘Pine Tree Apiary’.

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On Sunday, we held another beekeeping training session at the apiary, which was followed as always with tea and Rosemary’s fabulous (and dare I say it? – famous) cakes, which she always keeps us generously supplied with!

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If you haven’t been up to see the Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Centre yet, it is well worth the trip with something for the whole family!

We hope to see you there soon!