Monday, November 14, 2011

Question of Food Grade v Pharmaceutical Grade

I received an e-mail from Ray, who asked: "What is the difference between what you call food grade and pharmaceutical grade? Do I have to get a prescription?"

MyAchingKnees response: Short answer - No.  Food Grade products are manufactured where there is no requirement to be accurate on the label. What it says on the label is not necessarily what is in the bottle. There is no guarantee for purity (lack of toxins), potency or dissolution. It is literally crazy what companies can put on the label as opposed to what's in the bottle. pharmaceutical-grade standard would meet FDA standards of pharmaceutical grade products just like the prescriptions that an M.D. would write for you, but fortunately there are nutritional products that are pharmaceutical grade that do not require an expensive Doctor's visit. Heck, most Doctor's couldn't tell what are good nutritional supplements or not,...unless they looked in the Physicians Desk Reference,.....and would probably tell you just to buy Centrum from Walgreen's.

But the lack of enforcement on label claims for food grade products extends past nutritional supplements,....all foods are affected. I found this article on concerning store bought honey.

Shock finding: More than 75 percent of all 'honey' sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all from, November 9, 2011.

Just because those cute little bear-shaped bottles at the grocery store say "honey" on them does not necessarily mean that they actually contain honey. A comprehensive investigation conducted by Food Safety News (FSN) has found that the vast majority of so-called honey products sold at grocery stores, big box stores, drug stores, and restaurants do not contain any pollen, which means they are not real honey.

For the investigation, Vaughn Bryant, one of the nation's leading melissopalynologists, or experts in identifying pollen in honey, and director of the Palynology Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University , evaluated more than 60 products labeled as "honey" that had been purchased by FSN from ten states and the District of Columbia .

Bryant found that 76 percent of "honey" samples purchased from major grocery store chains like Kroger and Safeway, and 77 percent of samples purchased from big box chains like Sam's Club and Wal-Mart, did not contain any pollen. Even worse were "honey" samples taken from drug stores like Walgreens and CVS, and fast food restaurants like McDonald's and KFC, 100 percent of which were found to contain not a trace of pollen.

The full FSN report with a list of all the pollen-less "honey" brands can be accessed here:

So what is all this phony honey made of? It is difficult to say for sure, as pollen is the key to verifying that honey is real. According to FSN, much of this imposter honey is more likely being secretly imported from China , and may even be contaminated with antibiotic drugs and other foreign materials.

Most conventional honey products have been illegally ultra-filtered to hide their true nature. According to FSN, the lack of pollen in most conventional "honey" products is due to these products having been ultra-filtered. This means that they have been intensely heated, forced through extremely tiny filters, and potentially even watered down or adulterated in some way prior to hitting store shelves.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) holds the position that any so-called honey products that have been ultra-filtered are not actually honey. But the agency refuses to do anything to stop this influx of illegitimate "honey" from flooding the North American market. It also continues to stonewall all petitions to establish a national regulatory standard for verifying the integrity of honey.

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