'Red' honey prompts state investigation


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  • WJBUTAH Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 7:47 p.m.

    I am the William Burnett in this article.

    Well, they took my comments a bit out of context. I actually downplayed the lead issue, I said it is something that should be looked at but that no one knew if it was an issue, and I never said that these bee keepers fed their bees in a trough. They asked me how pit feeding worked and I simply told them how it was traditionally done, and not specifically done in this instance. I also said that to my knowledge none of the red stuff ever made it into the food supply.

    I personally think this is a testament to the bee keeping community that we came together to find a solution and I am urging extreme compassion for anyone involved in the feeding of candy syrup to the bees. The beekeepers alleged to be involved are super nice people and I do not believe they intended any harm to anyone, and as of yet it has not been determined exactly what harm may have been done.

    I think compassion for those involved it the best corse of action.

  • CriticalThanking Arlington, TX
    Sept. 6, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    What does "The dye’s actually in the genetic material" mean? Someone needs to go back to science class.

  • Capt Moroni Perris, CA
    Sept. 5, 2013 5:00 p.m.

    I wish that the red # 40 dye was not present, but other than that Coconut Flavored Honey sounds delicious to me!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Sept. 5, 2013 4:34 p.m.

    Let me take a guess here.

    Some businessman thought he could profit from this brainstorm.

    Is it against the law? Can this large operation be fined?

    Maybe, just maybe, some regulations are good, even for business.

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    It is not hummingbird feeders. That was ruled out sometime ago. Tests show what it is and the person that did this reportably admitted to it. It was not intentional from what I understand BUT someone taking a shortcut and not realizing the consequences. Seems more like a novice mistake to me but even a "Professional" (in this case someone with lots of hives) can be stupid once in a while.

  • DaisyUtah SLC, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    Isn't it possible it's from hummingbird feeders? I know I always have alot of bees around mine!

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Sept. 5, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    Did the person or persons who decided to "feed" the bees with Red dye #40 really take a look at the damage of the entire industry in the area? Not to mention the damage to a person who cannot ingest the red dye without some serious consequence?
    Seriously lacking some brain cells there.

  • PookyBear84010 KAYSVILLE, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    Why on earth would any large bee-keeping operation intentionally feed this to their bees? Or were they trying to contaminate their competitors' honey?

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    How sad that someone has intentionally poisoned the bees, to stop them from pollinating the plants, and make them sick. I can only imagine what the effects can be.

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    Samhill: As a beekeeper I can tell you that this red stuff is not nessecarly harmless. By definition it isn't even "Honey" as honey comes from nectar from flowers not a sugar mixture made from candy. The beekeeping community is angry about this. It ruined a good percentage of our honey crop. It may also result in the loss of hives this next winter.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2013 8:43 p.m.

    The story about this as reported here in the Deseret News is COMPLETELY different than the one I just saw reported on KUTV.

    This story mentions concerns about lead contamination and that the honey tastes terrible, among other ominous overtones.

    The KUTV story (admittedly not as comprehensive) conveyed the idea that it was a harmless and quite good tasting novelty. Something, they suggested, that might be counted as just another quirky oddity of Utah.

    What gives?