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Suffolk MEP Alex Mayer stands up for local beekeepers at European Parliament

PUBLISHED: 15:11 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:11 01 March 2018

Suffolk MEP Alex Mayer made the case for local beekeepers in a speech at the European Parliament.

Suffolk MEP Alex Mayer made the case for local beekeepers in a speech at the European Parliament.


The MEP for Suffolk has stood up for local beekeepers by creating a buzz at the European Parliament today.

Alex Mayer held a jar of honey harvested by members of the West Suffolk Bee Keepers Association while she gave a speech to representatives from across Europe, explaining how local producers are under threat from so-called ‘honey fraudsters’.

Ms Mayer said overseas importers cause local producers grief by adding sugar syrup to their product or harvesting it early and artificially drying it out to cut time and costs.

Honey is the third-most adulterated product in the world with 20% of imported honey samples not respecting EU standards.

Ms Mayer said: “Producing honey is hard work; one little jar of liquid gold represents the nectar from two million flowers. That’s why I support a fight back with improved testing procedures, better labelling and higher penalties for fraudsters.”

Suffolk’s food and livestock community has paid a heartfelt tribute to ‘local meat hero’ Charlie Mills, who has died, 
aged 55.

Waving banners and carrying protest placards, more than 200 people marched along Ipswich’s Waterfront today calling for the public to be allowed a say on the Brexit deal.

Young engineering enthusiasts at a Suffolk school have been brushing up their skills as part of a nationwide competition.

Can you see yourself or someone you know in our photo gallery? All pictures were taken at Revolution in Ipswich on Saturday, March 24.

Emergency services were called to the scene of a three-vehicle crash at a busy slip road in Suffolk today.

A new project at Ipswich Hospital is helping hip and knee replacement patients return home faster and is freeing up vital beds.

Unsung heroes who go the extra mile to support their communities took their turn in the limelight as they were honoured at a glittering annual awards ceremony.

Tourism traders in Suffolk are optimistic for an Easter boost following a stunted start to the year, a new survey reveals.

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s PULSE Festival Ipswich, bringing together some of the best contemporary performances and works in progress from established and emerging artists.

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