Japan has banned importing some New Zealand honey due to traces of Glyphosate. Japan takes about $68 million worth of the $490 million of NZ Honey that is exported and has just introduced Glyphosate testing on all honey from NZ. Already two batches have been rejected. MPI has been told by Japan’s Ministry of Health that if five percent of imported honey exceeds its glyphosate limit, it will stop the honey coming into Japan. This has now happened and honey producers want their honey back. There in lies another issue with NZ rules indicating once the honey has gone it is very difficult to get it back into NZ… even though it came from here in the first place. Apiculture New Zealand chief executive Karin Kos says many honey producers are already testing for glyphosate and some of the honey caught left NZ before the new rules came in.
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