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U.S. CUSTOMS AGENCY TO PURCHASE NMR EQUIPMENT FOR TESTING OF HONEY IMPORTS

By June 13, 2020 No Comments

AHPA officials meet with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Congressional staff on new testing to prevent imported honey fraud

April 20, American Honey Producers Association – Last month, two senior Customs and Border Protection officials provided details for its new program for stopping fraudulent honey imports to senior staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee and AHPA President Kelvin Adee and Legislative Co-Chair Mark Jensen.  This program is designed to prevent country-of-origin (COO) fraud, whereby dishonest importers evade the steep antidumping (AD) duties owed on honey imports from China by falsely claiming what is actually Chinese honey was produced in another country.  Led by Senators Tester (D-MT) and Hoeven (R-ND), Congress last year included funding for this program in CBP’s FY 2020 budget.

CBP’s Larry D. Fluty, Executive Director for the agency’s Laboratories & Scientific Services, reported CBP is purchasing a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) testing machine specially equipped for testing honey imports, and is developing the required honey testing protocols with  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He also noted CBP would use both NMR and existing trace-mineral detection technologies in testing for false

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