FDA Seizes Contaminated Bulk Honey

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says federal marshals seized $32,000 worth of imported bulk honey because it contains a prohibited drug.

FDA officials said they requested the action a week ago after finding a potent antibiotic in the honey that had been imported from China. The seizure occurred in Philadelphia.


Officials said the honey contained the drug chloramphenicol, which is not approved for use in food, animal feed or food-producing animals in the United States.

“Chloramphenicol is a potent antibiotic drug that is approved only for use in humans with serious infections when other less toxic drugs won’t work,” the FDA said. “People who are sensitive to chloramphenicol can develop a type of bone marrow depression called aplastic anemia, which can be fatal.”

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