Bellevue man pleads guilty for bringing tainted honey into the U.S.

The Bellevue Reporter reports that Chung Po Liu, 69, of Bellevue, has entered a guilty plea for conspiring to illegally import more than $40 million of Chinese honey into the United States.

Lui was indicted along 11 other individuals and six companies.
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Some of the imported honey was found to be contaminated with an antibiotic which is banned in food in the U.S.

Liu and his co-conspirators altered documents and product labels to make it appear that the honey was being imported from Russia, the Philippines and other countries to avoid tariffs and custom duties. The illegal imports spanned a seven year period from 2002 to 2009.

The Food and Drug Administration does not believe that any one was sickened by the honey.

Liu entered a plea agreement so prosecutors may recommend a prison sentence of up to two years.

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