Extra virgin olive oil, haddock, organic eggs, vodka, saffron, tea and coffee. This is not a shopping list of products for a gourmet with expensive tastes, but a list of food that is most commonly doctored or fraudulently labelled, according to a recent European Parliamentary report into food safety.
And now further evidence has come to light about Manuka Honey being frequently mislabelled, with consumers paying well over the odds for common-or-garden honey when they think they are getting the rare stuff from New Zealand. Only one of the seven samples tested by a laboratory was found to have the requisite levels of the active ingredient. This study comes just a year after it was found that there was more honey labelled as Manuka on UK shelves than was produced in a single year.