By The Canadian Press - Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 0 Comments
BALTIMORE – A Canadian man is among five people nabbed in “Project Honeygate,” a…
BALTIMORE – A Canadian man is among five people nabbed in “Project Honeygate,” a U.S. Department of Homeland Security undercover investigation into an alleged honey importing scheme.
Five people and two companies are accused of flooding the market with cheaper honey from China and avoiding $180 million in duties, American officials said Wednesday.
The Chinese honey was declared as other commodities and shipped through other countries to the United States to avoid anti-dumping duties, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.
Donald Couture, 60, the president, owner and operator of Premium Food Sales Inc., a broker and distributor of honey in Bradford, Ont., was indicted on four counts of violating the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.