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Shoppers beware: Honey with any added sweeteners isn't honey

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Federal health officials are warning shoppers to beware of mis-labeled honey that contains added sugar or sweeteners.

The Food and Drug Administration issued new guidance Tuesday to prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

The agency threatened possible enforcement actions against U.S. food businesses or importers if companies try to cut those sweeteners into real honey and do not label the product correctly, The Associated Press reports. 

The agency says if those sweeteners are added, the label should read "blend of sugar and honey" or "blend of honey and corn syrup." The FDA regularly detains honey imports and tests them after finding drug residues and unlabeled added sweeteners.

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