I love honey. A little honey on a bowl of oatmeal is just about a perfect breakfast as far as I’m concerned. And a little honey on pancakes is just as good. If you’re like me, when you think about honey you think about beehives surrounded by flowers and industrious bees bringing their loads of nectar and pollen back to the hive. You don’t think about lead poisoning, right? Well, keep reading.
Honey, like so many parts of our economy, is no longer a local business. Lots of the honey sold in the US comes from Asia, South America, Europe, and elsewhere. When we read some reports last fall that some of this honey is shipped in big metal drums that have been constructed with lead-containing solder, we knew we had to check and see if some of that lead ends up in our honey.
Our research is just beginning, but we wanted to let you know what we’ve found so far. We’ve found lead problems in honey at Wal-Mart, Ralph’s, and Grocery Outlet. Since you and your kids are eating the honey, that lead ends up inside of you. The amount of lead we founds exceed the safety levels set by California’s Proposition 65. We’re starting litigation with those companies and we’re going to get the lead out. No one should have to worry about lead when they’re buying a jar of honey.
In the meantime, here’s our recommendation: Try to buy honey at your farmer’s market. Or buy it from a store that sells local honey. And enjoy that honey and it’s golden goodness.