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Caught in the Nation's Largest Food Fraud, Groeb Farms Files for Bankruptcy

Caught in the Nation's Largest Food Fraud, Groeb Farms Files for Bankruptcy
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In February, the Department of Justice announced that Groeb Farms, among the nation’s biggest honey suppliers, was involved in the nation’s biggest food fraud. On Oct. 1, Groeb Farms filed for bankruptcy.

The honey laundering case, which I wrote about last month, involved a German company in Chicago, ALW, that was illegally importing cheap (and sometimes adulterated) Chinese honey. The honey itself isn’t illegal; mislabeling it to avoid paying high tariffs is. Two ALW executives pleaded guilty to fraud.