Honey With Added Sweeteners Not Honey: FDA

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April 9, 2014 -- Food companies cannot add sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still call it honey, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

The agency said it would consider enforcement action against U.S. businesses or importers if they do not properly label honey with added sweeteners, the Associated Press reported.

If sweeteners are added, labels should inform consumers that the product is a "blend of sugar and honey" or "blend of honey and corn syrup," the FDA said.

It's common for the agency to detain honey imports after discovering they contain drug residues and unlabeled added sweeteners, the AP reported.

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