Red 'honey' may come from candy-fed bees

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - September 5, 2013

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food officials say they've received several complaints about the odd-colored goo in hives in Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties. They say the bees were apparently fed the byproduct that came from a candy factory.

Officials say they don't have any reason to call the red substance unsafe, but advise beekeepers not to mix it with normal-colored honey and to report it to the state.

Regulators are investigating whether the substance can be considered honey. Beehive State standards define honey as a product that originates from a floral source.

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