Australia: Honey products meet or exceed food safety standards
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Australian High Commission yesterday circulated a statement issued by Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in response to recent claims on social media concerning Australia’s Capilano Honey.
In a message addressed to Permanent Secretary of Health Hj Zakaria Hj Serudin yesterday, Charge d’Affaires at the Australian High Commission Selina Cho said that the high commission was aware of the claims circulating on social media in Brunei.
Non-governmental organisation Kangaroo Court of Australia recently claimed on its website that Capilano honey products — which are widely sold in Brunei — contain toxic ingredients.
The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in its statement said that it was aware of media articles questioning the safety of Australian honey. “Australia takes food safety very seriously and has a long history of producing high-quality, clean and safe food products,” the department said.
“Australian honey, in particular, has an established record of meeting or exceeding all relevant domestic food safety standards”.
The department also said that Australian laws require that imported honey meets the same safety standards as locally produced honey in that they must comply with the country’s BioSecurity Act 2015 and Imported Food Control Act 1992, and “not pose a risk to human health”.
“When it comes to exports, Australian honey processors must also comply with any conditions set by the importing country,” it said.
Last week, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said it was investigating the allegations about Capilano honey, when they first surfaced.
Supplier of Capilano honey to Brunei, Syarikat Teeyem Majeed, has also denied that the honey products contain toxic ingredients.
The Brunei Times