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September is National Honey Month

Kentuckians encouraged to buy local

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — With September being National Honey Month Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is urging Kentuckians to sample state-produced products.

honey“When you buy local Kentucky Proud honey, you’re buying a product that you can serve to your family with confidence,” Comer said. “You’re also helping a local beekeeper make a living.”

The majority of honey consumed by Americans is imported from other countries. The U.S. produces 135 million pounds of honey, but Americans consume 400 million ponds. Most imports are from Argentina, India and Vietnam.

Buying from other counties puts American consumers at risk of buying honey that is adulterated or that has been “cut,” or combined with ingredients other than honey, said state apiarist Tammy Horn. She said, “The best way to be sure you are buying pure honey is to buy from a local source you know and trust.”