F & # 39; August of last year's the police investigators looked for two houses in & # 39; greater Sydney, and seized 4000 infant formula tin, bulk & # 39; vitamins, and Manuka honey .
On Saturday police arrested six individuals as part of that network called "expansive" involved in theft & # 39; these are not luxury goods, which they claim are sold in China for huge profits.
More and more in Australia, our pharmaceutical items appearing daily are identified as profitable, targeted by criminals who sell them for big profits.
Recently were very focused attention on infant formula, which is f & # 39; specified mixtures and is available in scarce quantities, causing panic in the consumer occurs some hints & # 39; scarcity.
And it makes sense, as infants and mothers a vulnerable sector of society, with & # 39; those who can not breastfeed hyper left exposed by gaps & # 39; formula to cut supply & # 39; to their baby food.
But why crime syndicate & # 39; million dollars is interested in honey from Australia and New Zealand?
In Australian stores, a small jar of manuka honey is not cheap, retailing for between $ 50 and $ 150. But in China the akridu liquid, bee sweet wood is much more expensive, and sell with retail for x & # 39; nowhere in the vicinity of & # 39; $ 471 for a jar & # 39; 500g.
In a country rife with goods and fakes, the provenance is king, with entries of celebrity mean little. Consumers spend advice on suitable products to each other through word of mouth, or on social media platforms like we chat. They love the heritage brand names and areas of & # 39; known quality. Chinese consumers like champagne from Champagne, wine from Valley & # 39; Barossa.
In 2007 China was importing hardly any New Zealand honey, but by 2014 the market was requesting about 1500 tons, the majority of which have been the honey & # 39 ; Manuka.
COSTS & # 39; Manuka IS skyrocketing
Since 2012 the price of honey Manuka tripled. New Zealand hive worth $ 2,000, theft & # 39; hive is a real issue. Back in Australia with the recent arrests of syndicate of infant formula-driven family also included Manuka and vitamins as part of the enterprise & # 39; million of their dollars seems that bee juice jars medicinal made the transition from spreading toast to actual liquid gold.
So lucrative is the name and provenance recent dispute broke out between Australia and New Zealand when the Kiwis producers sought to negotiate the name "Manuka Honey". The change prevent other producers from being able to use the name in global markets, despite their honey is authentic.
This led to the creation of & # 39; The Australian Association & # 39; Manuka Honey (Amha), which is supported by the Australian giant & # 39; the Capilano Honey, allowing the Australian firms join forces to fight the Kiwi producers.
Chinese consumers are health conscious fear for their safety when it comes to consumption & # 39; produced by its shores after incidences & # 39; poisoning.
poisoning spread across China that caused the infant formula and other foods are infected with & # 39; & # 39 toxic levels of force incident in 2008 & # 39;; melamine. About 300,000 people were hospitalized, 54,000 of those were babies. Six babies died during the scandal.
Manuka Honey has to undergo tests to demonstrate that it is false. To be true to be Manuka New Zealand, comes from honey bees exposed to flower Leptospermum Scoparium. These trees are commonly known as tea tree and have various colors, are both native to New Zealand as well as Australia.
The resulting honey comes from bees that are exposed to these flowers has antibacterial properties and medicinal products which can not be replicated and make a Manuka deserves its high price.