Beekeepers contract research claiming “Australian honey is contaminated”

HoneyBeekeepers and Australian honey industry have contradicted a new research claiming that the Australian honey is the worst honey in the world.

The research said that the product is contaminated and could be linked to cancer.  The research found that 41 of 59 Australian honey samples contained traces of natural plant toxins from weeds including Patterson's curse and fireweed. The team of researchers warned that pregnant and breastfeeding women should be careful about honey consumption in order to avoid organ damage in their children.

The study, which was published in the Food Additives and Contaminants Journal, warned that the honey made in the country is highly contaminated and could harm human health. The Australian Honeybee Industry Council's Trevor Weatherhead responded by saying that the claims were based on outdated research and samples were collected between 2008 and 2012.

Mr Weatherhead said in a response to the study, "Patterson's curse, you don't see much of it around nowadays because of the biological control program that's been put in place to get rid of it, and it's been fairly successful. There may have been some somewhere but it would have been negligible, and there would have been negligible amounts of honey produced off that Patterson's curse because it's just not there."