CHICAGO (CBS) – Federal agents have seized nearly 60 tons of “illicit” honey – product that is believed to have been made in China under unsafe conditions.

The product – incorrectly declared as originating from Vietnam – is valued at more than $200,000, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.

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A honey importer in the Midwest alerted the feds earlier this year when the domestic operation became suspicious about the product, contained in 195 barrels.

Federal officials sent product samples to a government laboratory in Georgia for analysis and determined the honey had a greater than 99 percent probability match with Chinese-origin honey. Chinese manufacturers use antibiotics that are illegal in the U.S.

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The investigation continues to determine where in the supply chain the private laboratory reports were altered for the honey.

“Ensuring a safe food supply is a crucial component of border security,” said James M. Gibbons, acting special agent in charge of HSI Chicago.

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The seized honey will be destroyed.