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27/03/2008 Toxic honey sold in New Zealand Fifteen cases of poisoning from toxic wild honey have been reported in the Coromandel, NZ.

Toxic wild honey can be produced from bees who have fed on the Tutu plant (Coriaria arborea), contaminating the honey with the toxin, tutin. Symptoms include vomiting and seizures.

Toxic wild honey poisoning is uncommon - these are thought to be the first poisoning cases in 17 years. Honey bought from a supermarket is safe to eat.

If you have concerns, contact the New Zealand Food Safety Authority.
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