It doesn’t say so on the label, but Aldi’s Mixed Blossom honey is mostly Chinese.

That’s what customer service told me today when I rang to enquire.

“Its 60% Chinese and 40% Australian” she said.

I rang customer service to ask about it because the labels don’t say where the honey comes from.

 But I was also confused about the difference between Aldi’s 375gms squeeze pack and its 1 kg tubs. The label on the 1 kg tubs says it has at least 30% Australian ingredients, but its 40% on the smaller 375gms squeeze pack.

“Is it different honey” I asked?

She said the information was the same for both – 60% Chinese and 40% Australian.

Which all goes to show that the new, so-called  “country of origin” labelling laws being introduced for Australian food products aren’t quite as helpful as they might be.

And they also allow retailers to continue to avoid being upfront about country of origin information.

Due to be fully introduced by the 1st of July 2018, the new laws require that products whose contents are mostly imported must show the percentage by weight of the imported ingredients.

So the different numbers on the Aldi Mixed Blossom honey packages strongly suggests they contain different honeys.

The differences in the “nutrition information” detailed on the two packages also suggest that conclusion.

On the 1 kg tub the label says the honey has 82.5 g of natural sugars in each 100gms.

But on the squeeze pack its only 70g of natural sugars in each 100gms.

So the tub with more Chinese honey in it has more natural sugars than the pack with a higher proportion of Australian honey.

That certainly doesn’t sound right but I’m not sure how its possible to draw any other conclusion – at least not if you’re relying on Aldi’s honey labels being accurate.

 

For more information on the new labelling laws go to.

https://www.business.gov.au/info/run/goods-and-services/selling-goods-and-services/selling-goods/country-of-origin-food-labelling