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Published October 04, 2010, 05:26 PM

Sen. Klobuchar Tours EGF Bee Farm

Senator Amy Klobuchar made a stop at an East Grand Forks bee farm to talk about "honey laundering." That's when cheap foreign honey finds its way to U.S. markets, lowering the market price.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Hives and honey where all the buzz as Senator Amy Klobuchar toured the Monda honey farm just outside of East Grand forks. This year they will produce a half a million pounds of the sticky stuff.

"We produce a wonderful product. Our honey is pure and natural and we want to keep it that way," Monda family farm worker Kathy Monda said.

Monda says since they started their farm more than 30 years ago one country has undercut their business.

"China is dumping honey here. We have always struggled with it since the 70's. We have struggled with that," Kathy Monda said.

Senator Klobuchar says she finally wants to put an end to what she sees as unfair practices.

"They send it through other countries like Vietnam, Venezuela, and pretend it's from those countries. So they can avoid certain tariffs. It is illegal... we call it honey laundering," Klobuchar said.

Klobuchar is asking the Food and Drug Administration to crack down on honey laundering both with tougher enforcement of existing laws, and a new standard for honey sold on the U.S. market.

"It brings down the price of honey, creates an uneven playing field, and it matters to consumers because some of this honey is coming from foreign countries and is not pure honey," Klobuchar said.

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