Capilano Honey are putting the lives of Australians at risk by knowingly selling honey that is full of antibiotics, toxins, irradiated pollen from China and alkaloids. Capilano are also deliberately concealing from consumers the fact that a large percentage of their honey is imported from China, Mexico, Argentina (where they have a factory), Hungary and Brazil.
Capilano, who promote themselves as 100% Australian, are so worried about being exposed they instituted frivolous and vexatious defamation proceedings in February 2016 against whistleblower and consumer activist Simon Mulvany seeking a gag order to try to silence him. Mr Mulvany runs a Facebook page “Save The Bees Australia” and a website called “Bee the Cure” focused on health and safety issues with Honey and the Bee industry.
The court case has backfired badly as Australian and Chinese media have reported on the case and now Capilano are refusing to file their Statement of Claim and will not communicate with Mr Mulvany’s lawyers which means the case will be thrown out because Capilano are failing to prosecute their case. This is in effect an admission by Capilano Honey that what Simon Mulvany has been saying is true and correct.
One of Mr Mulvany’s posts on his Facebook page said:
“The world dumps its toxic honey on Australia then Capilano through sales are dumping it on ordinary Australians. Capilano Honey are sneaky and sell under brands Allowrie, Smiths, Barnes and Wescobee. Capilano is importing Argentinian honey from the heliotrope plant that can have disastrous consequences as it contains alkaloids. Your cheap supermarket honey has the potential to cause liver issues and simultaneously ruin an industry. The heat is on Australian honey literally in Capilano’s blending facilities but also from the world after Fairfax media reported samples of blended Australian honey contained high rates of dangerous alkaloids.” (Click here to read more – Go to page 10)
You can read all the articles that Simon Mulvany has voluntarily taken down pending a final hearing in the affidavit and annexures of Capilano’s lawyer Richard Keegan which Capilano want concealed from the public. As I said Capilano are now avoiding a final hearing like the plague and refuse to communicate with Mr Mulvany’s lawyers so a final hearing won’t happen and the case will be withdrawn soon either by consent or by court order.
Richard Keegan’s affidavit (Click here to read) where (at paragraph 19 onwards ) he talks about Capilano complaining to Facebook to take down some of Mr Mulvany’s posts.
The lawyers being used by Capilano are Kerry Stokes’, who owns 18% of Capilano, and Channel Seven’s lawyers. Given Stokes has a long history of frivolous and vexatious defamation proceedings and seeking gag orders and super-injunctions to silence whistleblowers it is obvious that Stokes is the driving force behind the matter but that is worthy of a post in itself which I will publish in the next week or so.
Canada and India find Capilano Honey dangerous
Some of the health and safety dangers of Capilano Honey were previously reported by Fairfax Media in 2003 and nothing has changed today so there is a strong foundation to the health and safety issues being raised by Simon Mulvany.
“Drug fear prompts call for honey tests”
“Overseas testing has found honey from Argentina was contaminated by nitrofurans – veterinary drugs used to inhibit bacterial growth“
“Chinese honey was banned worldwide in August because of contamination by chloramphenicol, another antibiotic drug that can lead to a life-threatening anaemia.”
“Capilano, the biggest Australian packer, has imported 5000 tonnes of Argentinian honey this year. The honey is blended with Australian product and sold locally.” (Click here to read more)
In 2010 the Indian government authority said:
“Capilano’s honey sample was found to contain three antibiotics and was non-compliant with the Indian government’s Export Inspection Council’s (EIC) export standards, as well as some standards imposed in Australia itself“ (Click here to read more)
In 2004: “Authorities in Canada have recalled two batches of blended Australian and Argentinean honey. They say the honey contained antibacterial agents banned in food production.“ (Click here to read more)
Admission by Ben McKee in 2016 that he is aware of bees being fed antibiotics (“Lolly” is the slang term for antibiotics)
“Every honey packer is well aware of the massive and increasing use of antibiotic in Australia to keep bees alive. I have spoken to Ben McKee of Capilano and Jodie Goldsworthy of Beechworth Honey to confirm that not only they but everyone is aware of the use of ‘Lolly’. Apart from weakened bees we are also running the risks of contaminated honey through overuse of antibiotic. And this contamination is becoming an increasing threat to the Australian honey industry.“ (Click here to read more)
Capilano Honey lockout Simon Mulvany on their open day for Beekeepers – 17th of April 2016 Maryborough Victoria
“Capilano closed its doors to Save the bees Australia on their open day. Every year Capilano Honey invite beekeepers to meet in Maryborough Victoria, this is a tradition. This year contracted Capilano beekeepers insisted I attend. They warned me I would be appalled by the tonnes of imported honey Capilano hold on this premise. These beekeepers are honourable men and feel insulted that a company from such pure origins has turned into an Importing Mecca.” (Click here to read more)
The video below is Simon Mulvany showing the tonnes of imported honey at the Capilano factory.
Below is another video that was filmed at the open day where Simon Mulvany asks a beekeeper about the Chinese pollen that is fed to the bees.
Capilano Honey CEO uses Facebook to spread lies – Will ASIC intervene?
Ben McKee has used the company’s Facebook page to spread lies and deliberately defame Simon Mulvany. McKee says in the below Facebook post that Simon Mulvany has run a: “smear campaign with information that has been proven by a court of law to be completely unfounded and defamatory” and “accusations which have been proven by a court of law to have no substance”.
This is a total lie and when I asked Capilano Honey “Can you please advise which judge in which court made this finding and when? And can I have a copy of the judgement?” They refused to respond. Simon Mulvany did agree to consent orders to take down some posts until final hearing so he did not have to spend more money flying up to Sydney from Victoria and so he could prepare his defence. (Click here to read the consent orders) But now it is Capilano who are refusing to file their claim in breach of court orders.
Ben McKee is the CEO of a company listed on the Australian Stock Market and the Australian Securities and Investment Corporation (ASIC) should have a close look at his false and misleading public statements and blatant lie to the 49,663 followers on the Capilano Facebook page.
The lies and crimes of Capilano CEO Ben McKee
Ben McKee has been caught lying all over town the last few months in an attempt to deliberately deceive consumers and it is worth having a look at a few more of those lies.
I wrote an email to Capilano Chairman Mr Trevor Morgan (Chairman) and Ms Annette Zbasnik (Company Secretary) on the 17/9/16 titled “Criminal conduct by Capilano Honey CEO/ Managing Director Dr Ben McKee” asking some extremely serious questions which they have not bothered to respond so far. (Click here to read the email to Capilano Chairman Trevor Morgan)
Where Ben McKee gets badly caught out lying is in 2 interviews. In an interview on the 3rd of August 2016 with Fairfax Media McKee says:
“Capilano’s secondary brand Allowrie is mixed with honey imported from China, Mexico and Argentina because of Australian honey supply shortage“. (Click here to read more)
But then in an interview 12 days later on the 15th of August 2016 with the Chinese website China Daily Ben McKee says the “supply shortage” has been fixed “since last month“:
“since last month all Capilano brands were no longer dependent on imported honey as the shortage had been addressed with Australian beekeepers stepping up their game and producing enough for domestic and overseas markets” (Click here to read more)
But this is contradicted again by the sales director Peter McDonald who said in the same article “the company’s secondary brand Allowrie is mixed with honey imported from China, Mexico and Argentina but the product is only sold within Australian shores”. So based on what Mr McDonald says the importation and blending of honey continues and has not stopped as Ben McKee said. Why is Ben McKee lying?
Below is a radio interview Ben McKee did with Tom Elliott on 3AW Radio in Melbourne on Friday the 29th of July. Mr McKee was asked which other Capilano brands were selling imported honey and Mr McKee only mentioned Allowrie and Smiths but deliberately did not mention the other brands Barnes and Wescobee. Mr McKee was deliberately dishonest and I wonder why.
(Click above on the triangle on the left to play the interview)
I raised many more of Ben McKee’s lies in the email to the Capilano Chairman. Maybe the reason the Chairman hasn’t replied is because of the last question I asked him which was:
“Are you aware of your Director’s Duties? Do you and the other Capilano Honey Directors have professional indemnity insurance and is it current?“ (Click here to read)
The Australian bee industry has a lot of problems and a major one is Capilano and the way they are destroying the reputation of the Australian honey industry here and overseas.
I went into Woolworths and Coles at Bondi Junction and the shelves were full of Capilano and their Allowrie Honey brand. The reason Capilano is doing so well and gets plenty of shelf space is because of their imported honey which means more profits and market share for Capilano and more profit for Coles and Woolworths at the expense of local honey producers and at the expense of the health of Australians.
There are a lot of honey suppliers who sell quality honey and the public should continue to support the industry but I have thrown my Capilano Honey in the bin. I will not buy Capilano’s honey anymore until they sack their CEO and start doing the right thing for the health of Australian consumers. I will write another post on this issue in the next few weeks.
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