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Feds seize nearly 60 tons of illegally imported Chinese honey

195 barrels of illegally imported Chinese honey was seized by HSI Chicago April 28. | ICE

Special agents with the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Chicago seized nearly 60 tons of illegally imported Chinese honey, valued at more than $200,000.

The 195 barrels of honey, which were seized April 28, were falsely declared as originating in Vietnam to evade taxes imposed on low-priced imported goods, according to a statement from ICE.

In March, a Midwest honey packer told HSI Chicago that lab reports provided to them appeared fraudulent, ICE said. HSI Chicago sent samples of the honey to a lab in Georgia, where it was determined that it had a 99 percent probability of originating in China.

ICE said they are investigating where in the supply chain the fraudulent lab reports originated.