The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has stated that it “is not aware of any herbicide testing of honey undertaken by Capilano” in response to questions that I emailed them. The statement totally discredits the false and misleading media releases that Capilano Honey has issued saying they extensively test their honey and denying allegations that Capilano sells poisonous and toxic honey.
The net effect is that Capilano Honey and Choice Magazine, who supports Capilano, have been thrown under a bus for concealing poisonous and toxic honey by DAWR.
Other sticks of dynamite in the response to my questions from DAWR are:
Previously DAWR released a media statement on the 23rd September 2016 in support of Capilano Honey and said:
“Under the National Residue Survey (NRS), honey produced in Australia is subjected to surveillance testing for agricultural veterinary chemicals and contaminants. Last year, the NRS analysed honey samples from around Australia for antibiotics, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, metals and environmental contaminants.”
That clearly implies that they test for all “antibiotics, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides” etc. But after I have been on their trail over the last few posts they now say:
“In 2015–16, the NRS analysed a total of 126 honey samples from around Australia in 167 tests. Samples were tested for selected antibiotics, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, metals and other environmental contaminants.”
If you missed their change read it again because now they say they only test for “selected antibiotics, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides”.
Do not test for herbicide glyphosate
The DAWR have also stated that there is no testing by them of one of the most commonly used herbicides in Australia glyphosate (Roundup).
“Testing of imported honey by the department’s Imported Food Inspection Scheme does not include analysis for residues of agricultural chemicals such as glyphosate.”
They also state that Capilano does not test for glyphosate or any other herbicides to their knowledge. The ABC recently ran a story:
“Councils across Australia are using the weed killer glyphosate in sensitive areas like playgrounds, despite a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning the chemical probably causes cancer.“ (Click here to read more)
The chances of “glyphosate” being in honey would be extremely high and one has to wonder why the DAWR does not test for it and only tests for “selected” poisons.
The DAWR was forced into telling the truth because they themselves were exposed for aiding and abetting Capilano Honey in a previous article I published. (Click here to read more)
Capilano Honey have been using legal maneuvers to try to stop being exposed for their criminal conduct, including against me and this website, but not even that will save them now.
Below is an edited version of the questions that I emailed the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) and their response. (Click here to read the full email chain)
From: Ag Media
Sent: Friday, 4 November 2016 3:51 PM
To: SHANE DOWLING
Subject: RE: Media request – Shane Dowling – Kangaroo Court of Australia [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
- 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?
The Australian Government directs imported bee pollen for gamma irradiation upon arrival in Australia. This is to meet our import conditions which are in place to manage any biosecurity risk, and to negate the need for further testing or treatment.
- Will the origin of the pollen come up in testing?
As the gamma irradiation manages the biosecurity risk, no further testing of the imported pollen is required.
- Have you asked Capilano CEO Ben McKee about the widespread use of illegally obtained antibiotics on bees in the Australian industry? If not, why not?
Only antibiotics registered for use on bees by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) may be used in Australia.
- Are beekeepers showing vet certificates to Capilano when they are treating their bees with antibiotics.
The department has no comment to make regarding Capilano or its operations.
- Has Capilano Honey or anyone been testing Capilano Honey for glyphosate (Roundup)?
- Has other honey that the department tests been tested for glyphosate (Roundup)?
The department’s National Residue Survey does not undertake glyphosate testing of Australian honey. The NRS is not aware of any herbicide testing of honey undertaken by Capilano.
Testing of imported honey by the department’s Imported Food Inspection Scheme does not include analysis for residues of agricultural chemicals such as glyphosate.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
I sent a follow-up question to the DAWR:
From: SHANE DOWLING
Sent: Monday, 7 November 2016 10:45 AM
To: Ag Media
Subject: Follow-up question. RE: Media request – Shane Dowling – Kangaroo Court of Australia [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Can you please clarify your answer to question 8 below?
You say: “The department’s National Residue Survey does not undertake glyphosate testing of Australian honey. The NRS is not aware of any herbicide testing of honey undertaken by Capilano.”
Does the department’s National Residue Survey do any herbicide testing at all?
The DAWR responded:
In 2015–16, the NRS analysed a total of 126 honey samples from around Australia in 167 tests. Samples were tested for selected antibiotics, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, metals and other environmental contaminants. The overall compliance with Australian Standards was 97.6 per cent.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Obviously there is not a lot of testing done on honey and what testing is done is only for a limited number of poisons which should be a major concern for every consumer. What should be a bigger concern though is that the government and Capilano Honey have been caught trying to conceal the truth about the minimal testing and in many cases non-existent testing.
Why didn’t Choice ask DAWR the same type of questions?
The questions that I emailed the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources above are the type of questions that Choice Magazine could have and should have asked before they wrote their dodgy article supporting Capilano Honey. (Click here to read more)
The Capilano Honey lies
Below is a sample of the lies that Capilano Honey are telling the public on their Facebook page. It is consistent with an equally deceptive and deceitful media release they issued on the 7/10/2016 “Capilano Honey Statement” which was in response to my article published on the 17/9/16 titled: “Australia’s Capilano Honey admit selling toxic and poisonous honey to consumers“ (Click here to read the article)
600 Australian Beekeepers are supplying Capilano to have their honey mixed with toxic and poisonous imported honey from China, Mexico, Argentina (where they have a factory), Hungary and Brazil to sell to the Australian consumers and help put hundreds if not thousands of Australian Beekeepers out of business. But they don’t like to mention that.
“To supplement consumer demand during periods of low supply of Australian Honey, other brands (such as Allowrie), may contain imported honey from accredited suppliers that have been through Australia’s rigorous testing standards. This presents a value-driven alternative offering greater choice to consumers.”
“Supplement” “during periods of low supply of Australian Honey” they say. There hasn’t been a shortage of supply in Australia for years so it is a huge lie to try to justify importing honey.
“Every batch of honey imported by the company is comprehensively tested and undergoes rigorous quality assurance testing”. Well as you can see above the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has finally admitted that both Australian and imported honey is not “comprehensively tested”
“All honey must meet stringent quality testing standards set in place by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and Food Standards Australian and New Zealand (FSANZ)” This statement by Capilano Honey has been totally discredited by the emails from DAWR above.
I will be following this up with a number of government departments and bodies in the near future such as ASIC and the ACCC. Further questions will also be sent to the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce who is also the Minister for the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR).
I’ll try to change topic for the next couple of articles as I have written about this matter numerous times recently. But this issue is too important to drop as it covers everything to do with corruption which is a company corruptly using its power and getting support from others including the government and a corrupt legal system. But as you can see from the above the walls are starting to crack so now it is not a time to let up.
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