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Bees producing blue and green honey


Posted on Friday, 5 October, 2012 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Residue from a sweets factory is believed to be responsible for nearby bees producing coloured honey.

Beekeepers in the Ribeauville area of France became concerned when their bees started to produce honey in mysterious shades of blue and green. An investigation later revealed the presence of a processing plant a few miles away that had been handling waste from a factory that produces M&M sweets.

"We discovered the problem at the same time they did," said plan co-manager Philippe Meinrad. "We quickly put in place a procedure to stop it." Unfortunately for the beekeepers however the damage has already been done - the current crop of multi-coloured honey isn't fit for sale to consumers.

"Since August, beekeepers around the town of Ribeauville in the region of Alsace have seen bees returning to their hives carrying unidentified colourful substances that have turned their honey unnatural shades."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by CommieX on 5 October, 2012, 15:13
I'd be okay with wacky colored honey, as long as it was still tasty
Comment icon #8 Posted by mfrmboy on 5 October, 2012, 15:21
Blue honey would be awesome but couldnt the honey producer add food coloring themselves and get the same if not better, brighter, more vivid and varied colors.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Capt Amerika on 5 October, 2012, 15:36
This kinda brings back memories of the old Reeses commercials... "You got your chocolate in my Honey...."
Comment icon #10 Posted by questionmark on 5 October, 2012, 16:07
Instead of playing psychodelical games they should put some more attention into the wholesomeness of the rpoduct.
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin on 5 October, 2012, 16:32
Having read the article, my humble take on this is that this causes a higher mortality rate in bee's. I also understand that the Mars company has taken steps to reduce this issue. We need bee's for us to survive on this planet !!
Comment icon #12 Posted by King Fluffs on 5 October, 2012, 16:50
I'd like some of that blue honey.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Idano on 5 October, 2012, 19:14
Wow..I'd love Blue or purple honey myself. That would be so cool. Yeah, why couldn't they sell it?.I'd buy it I love M&M's
Comment icon #14 Posted by Idano on 5 October, 2012, 19:15
Good thing they didn't pass it off as some limited edition colored honey. Are you in marketing That's a terrific idea!!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Zaphod222 on 6 October, 2012, 2:34
I assume it is legal coloring for food, so the honey should be safe. Why didnt they just sell it as a gimmick?
Comment icon #16 Posted by pallidin on 6 October, 2012, 16:26
I assume it is legal coloring for food, so the honey should be safe. Why didnt they just sell it as a gimmick? If I recall correctly(?) this is not a food coloring additive added after honey is produced. Rather it's color comes from ingestion prior to producing honey. And, for some reason there seems to be a higher mortality for those bees. Seems to be of a concern enough that the Mars company is mitigating exposure. Not to humans, but to the bees.


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