Brooklyn councilman thinks his honey-label resolution is ‘sweet’

Credit: Vicky Brock/Flickr
Credit: Vicky Brock/Flickr

A Brooklyn councilman wants state lawmakers to sweeten the deal for New York honey consumers.

Councilman Stephen Levin introduced a resolution Thursday that calls for the State legislature to define honey, providing standards for honey shipped into and within New York state.

“I find it un-bee-lievable that antibiotics and other ingredients are making their way into the honey consumed by New Yorkers,” Levin said in a statement filled with other “sweet” puns.

Manufacturers shipping honey into the U.S. can currently label their product “pure” though it may contain ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, rice syrup and antibiotics, Levin’s office said.

“We should have a system in place to ensure the purity of a basic staple such as honey,” Brooklyn Grange beekeeper Chase Emmons said in a statement.

Levin is confident the resolution has the support to pass council, noting talk of the bill is “buzzing” around City Hall.

Honey production and beekeeping has recently grown in the city and state. As of last year, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported 161 registered bee hives in the city, up by several thousand percent since just four hives in 2010.

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