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Capilano Honey flag possible recall of honey because of Health and Safety fears

Capilano Honey CEO Ben McKee discussed the possibility of Capilano Honey being recalled from retailers in a telephone conversation with Simon Mulvany on the 4/10/16 because of the health and safety fears that many people, including this website, have raised. Below is a smoking gun government report that shows the health and safety fears of toxic and poisonous honey are well justified and explains why CEO Ben McKee flagged a possible recall of Capilano Honey.

The question that every Australian should ask is if the government knows bees and their honey is being poisoned then why haven’t they done anything?

It is a question they are also asking in America. wrote an article in August 2015 titled “What Is Killing America’s Bees and What Does It Mean for Us?” with a subtitle “Pollinators are vanishing, and a silent spring could become a horrifying reality. So why won’t the EPA do more?” (Click here to read) The article investigates why bees are dying from a “new class of insecticides called neonicotinoids“. The EPA they talk about not doing enough is the Environmental Protection Agency in America.

The background

Capilano Honey and their CEO Ben McKee instituted frivolous and vexatious defamation proceedings against whistleblower and consumer activist Simon Mulvany in February 2016 because he wrote about the health and safety dangers of Capilano Honey. In September 2016 I wrote an article about Capilano suing Mr Mulvany titledAustralia’s Capilano Honey admit selling toxic and poisonous honey to consumersthat went viral and initiated other media reports in Australia and Asia.

I also wrote 2 follow-up articles (Click here and here to read) and then Capilano Honey and Ben McKee took out a super-injunction against me to take down 2 of the articles on the understanding that they would institute defamation proceedings against me. I ignored the super-injunction as it was illegally issued and at this point Capilano Honey and Ben McKee have failed to serve me with the defamation proceedings documents and I doubt that they will. (Click here and here to read about the super-injunction)

On the 4th of October 2016 Ben McKee phoned Simon Mulvany which he shouldn’t have done given he is suing Mr Mulvany for defamation and any communication should have been through their lawyers. Simon Mulvany tells me that Ben McKee tried to blame him for the situation and Ben McKee said:

How would you feel if there was a product recall of Australian honey in the next few months because it is a possibility

This a massive statement to be making to someone you are suing for defamation. Also as a CEO Ben McKee has an obligation to keep the share market informed of a possibility like a recall.

What would also be of interest to Capilano Honey shareholders and ASIC is that Mr Mulvany also told me that Ben McKee said:

Our competitors have been taking Shane Dowling’s article to stores around Asia and showing them the article. None of these stores will buy Capilano honey again. The Singapore Health Minister had to make a statement.

Ben McKee is kidding himself if he blames my article. McKee and Capilano have known about the health and safety dangers for a long time and instead of doing something to fix the problem they have concealed it from the public.

Federal Government agency confirms toxic and poisonous honey

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is the statutory agency responsible for assessing and registering agricultural chemicals for use in Australia. In February 2014, a report was completed on bees and insecticides.

The APVMA is aware of concerns that insecticides, especially those of the neonicotinoid class, may be contributing to a decline in honey bee populations in Europe and the United States. The APVMA has completed a report (Overview report – Neonicotinoids and the health of honey bees in Australia) on the issues relating to honey bee health in Australia, with a particular focus on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.

A quote directly from the report says:

15.1.3 Residue monitoring for pesticide residues in bee media

Because of the physicochemical properties of the neonicotinoids, there is the potential for these systemic insecticides and/or their metabolites to be found as residues in plant components, including nectar and pollen. The following recommendation is directed more broadly to relevant agencies/organisations and relates to the monitoring of pesticide residues in various bee media. In North America, over 800 samples of bees, pollen, and wax have been analysed for the presence of 171 different pesticides. Sixty percent of the 350 pollen samples contained at least one systemic insecticide and nearly half had two miticides (applied by apiarists to control mite affecting bees), as well as the agricultural fungicide chlorothalonil. In bee-collected pollen several insecticides, fungicides and an herbicide were detected. The pollen samples contained an average of 6 different pesticides. Almost all comb and foundation wax samples contained three pesticides used by beekeepers to control bee pests and diseases

The APVMA is unaware that any such pesticide residue monitoring of various plant and bee media has been conducted in Australia.

Recommendation: It is suggested that a research project be established and funded to analyse pesticide residues in various plant (nectar, pollen, guttation fluid) and bee (collected pollen, comb and foundation wax, bee bread, honey) media. It should be conducted in such a way to allow comparison with the quite extensive results collected in North America. (Click here to read more at page 63)

America has a massive problem with bees disappearing which is clearly linked by their testing to poisoning by pesticides. But to my knowledge the government has ignored the above recommendations and there has been no government research in Australia even though at pages 50 to 55 of the report it identifies numerous examples of bee poisoning by pesticides in Australia.

Given the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has raised extremely alarming concerns and that they are “unaware that any such pesticide residue monitoring” is being done in Australia than how can another government department say Australian honey is safe? They can’t. But that didn’t stop The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources putting out a media release titled “The safety of Australian honey” on the 23rd of September 2016.  The media release was clearly an attempt to rebut the allegations that I raised in an article I published on the 17th of September 2016 titledAustralia’s Capilano Honey admit selling toxic and poisonous honey to consumers“.

I wonder how many insecticides are in the Chinese pollen that Capilano Honey contractors feed their bees?

Capilano Honey and CEO Ben McKee refuse to answer questions

I wrote to Capilano Honey and Ben McKee on Wednesday and asked several questions which they are refusing to answer. I wrote the questions as interrogatories which is allowed given they say they are suing me for defamation.

From: Shane Dowling
Sent: Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:25 PM
Subject: Interrogatories – Capilano & Anor v Dowling – NSW Supreme Court

Dear Mr McKee and Capilano Honey

I would like you to answer the following Interrogatories:

  1. Is the imported irradiated pollen from China that is fed to Australian bees that make honey sold to Capilano adequately tested when it enters the country?
  2. Will the origin of the pollen come up in testing facilities?
  3. Has any Manuka honey tested shown traces of country of origin other than NZ or Australia when tested?
  4. Does overseas ingredients in Australian honey effect Australia’s credibility as an exporter?
  5. What have you done about the widespread use of illegally obtained antibiotics on bees in the Australian industry? If you have done nothing, then why have you done nothing?
  6. Are beekeepers showing vet certificates to Capilano when they are treating their bees with antibiotics.
  7. Has Capilano Honey or anyone been testing Capilano Honey for the weed killer/herbicide Glyphosate (Roundup)?

Can you please respond to the above questions ASAP as I may have follow-up questions.


Shane Dowling


Capilano Honey had an obligation to answer the above questions given the public interest in the matter. Capilano have put out press releases denying everything but failing to address the issues raised. Capilano’s press releases are just all spin from their PR agency.

The more I dig the worse it becomes and I wrote to several other parties during the week and will follow-up with another article on this matter in a few days.

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    • As China is buying 85% of Australian nectarines and peaches this year, we will not only pay more for our own home grown fruit but will find some of it coming back here as JAM from China!

  1. Wow – the biggest & naughtiest are the Australian Federal Govt agency for doing absolutely bugger all, apart from releasing their useless tomes of information in a report that never gets acted upon, contains a weak recommendation of further research & is simply filed away for reference. That all sounds about rather normal practice doesn’t it?

    Follow up? Action? Enforcement? Definitely foreign words to those agencies tasked with the duties.

    Good on you Shane for continuing to defy the corrupt judicial system & the equally corrupt private business sector who wrongly believe they are above the law, with your steel ‘you know whats’ (country people tend to call them what they really are) . . . plus well done to Simon Mulvany too. Keep on keeping on . . .

  2. Coincidence? I can no longer find the “Australian Rainforest Honey” I was buying at Woolworths! $$s changing hands? The best thing I noticed yesterday in W’worths was that the honey section had depleted stocks of all but Capilano – of which there was plenty. I’m thinking The Word has really spread. Sad thing is – we still somehow expect our Government to look after us!!! Joke! So glad you have pushed on with this one Shane – I commend your “guts”

  3. The none action of responsible Government departments, as in this case, is only reflective of most other Federal and State departments whenever damage might be done to the big business end of town. The reality is that departments no longer have the tools, resources, structures or experience to act in cases like this. They all treat the public as stupid, and hope a few long winded expressions of interest is sufficient to hide their collective inefficiency. People are being paid big bucks to prevent any action being taken against exporters of goods or those with influence. Concentration is placed on small business only as they can’t fight back.

  4. Thanks for a great web site only just stumbled onto it. The honey issue is just another small example of the poor governance we are being provided in our broken capitalist system. I note you are focussed on raising the issues of our corrupt judicial system the validity of which does not surprise me.I have been following the US elections and have been amazed at the level of corruption over there. They are being governed like a banana republic. From your brief video intro about our judicial system it looks like we are in the same corrupt boat on a much smaller scale. Keep up the great work as we need people like you to help bring about change to this broken system notwithstanding the deteriorating situation in America might bring the whole world capitalist system to its knees anyway especially if Anonymous/Julian A start to release the 33000 HRC deleted emails they are reported to start releasing tomorrow.

  5. Capilano are plugging their ‘beeotic’ healthy honey in a paid ad on instagram now. The comments are less than sympathetic so far, with their spokesperson falling back to the ‘ check the statement on our website’ line.

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