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.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Delays General Iron Permit To Move To South Side Over EPA Concerns
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.READ MORE: Chicago Night Clubs Gear Up For Looser COVID-19 Restrictions As State Prepares To Enter Bridge Phase
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.MORE NEWS: Saint Joseph Catholic School Principal On Administrative Duty After Former Teacher Charged With Child Sex Crimes
The seized honey will be destroyed.