There is this article here in Australia that an importer has labeled corn syrup as honey. It has been imported from Turkey and it has been sold to people. I think this is not just happening here in the land of OZ. Just with a little bit of searching I found out that there is some international conspiracy against the humble bees and people messing up the natural processes. There is even super filtered honey that does not have any pollen at all. I always thought the pollen is the most important part of honey. You might as well just have corn syrup instead.

I would like to know if there is a any way to tell the difference between corn syrup, super filtered honey, and natural honey.

The article: https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/honey-actually-corn-vic-buyers-100510448.html

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    natural honey has pollen -- but it's possible that something with pollen in it is pure honey (it could be diluted). Most groups filter the honey because that allows them to hide the country of origin. (many countries ban honey from china or india)
    – Joe
    Jun 25, 2014 at 2:48
  • @Joe That's interesting. What is it about honey from those countries that triggered the bans?
    – Jolenealaska
    Jun 25, 2014 at 4:25
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    This might be a good place to start: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey#Physical_and_chemical_properties ... I'm not sure, but I don't think corn syrup will crystallize. In fact, its often added to prevent sugar crystallization.
    – derobert
    Jun 25, 2014 at 20:05
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    I always thought if honey crystallizes it is a good thing and shows it is not processed. Personally I use Ironbark and Leatherwood honey. The Leatherwood crystallizes very quickly, maybe in 2 or three month. It has a strong flavor,my favorite, but Ironbark is milder and does not crystallize even after a year or two.
    – Ali
    Jul 3, 2014 at 4:56
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    Surely flavor is the easiest way to tell the difference between corn syrup and honey? I know some people wouldn't know, but if you actually like honey and have had real honey, I'm pretty sure you could tell the difference.
    – Cascabel
    Aug 13, 2014 at 21:37

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Buying local honey is one way to be sure that what you are getting is "honey". I've never heard of people passing off something else as honey. Isn't that why we have the fda? If you are buying it in the store, check the lable... my honey has one ingredient; honey.

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    I don't mean to be argumentative, but just because you've never heard of it happening doesn't mean it never happens. Also, the asker mentions imported "honey" from Turkey, where producers aren't bound by the rules of the FDA.
    – tM --
    Aug 13, 2014 at 19:59
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    I think it's unfortunate that this answer has been so trounced for half of the message. "buy local honey" is good advice.
    – Jolenealaska
    Aug 14, 2014 at 0:27
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    Just to add to other comments, honey adulteration is very hard to detect with modern honey processing techniques (see this related question, and many honey processors in various countries apparently aren't bothering to do thorough checks on sources. It may not be typical pass off something completely different (e.g., sugar syrup) as "honey," but it's quite possible to add some percentage of other sugars to "stretch" the honey. Often such additions can only be detected with complex lab testing.
    – Athanasius
    May 8, 2015 at 14:32

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