An M&M processing plant in northeastern France is turning bee honey into unusual shades of blue and green, making the product impossible to sell.
Angry bee keepers recently started noticing the strange honey hue and launched an investigation into the cause of the color change. Bee keepers soon discovered their bees were carrying a colorful substance back to their hives from an M&M plant located in biogas.
The M&M plant had left processing containers outside and uncovered, which led to the bee based contamination.
While M&M parent company Mars is not commenting on the incident, it has covered up the containers to ensure no more contamination occurs.
Agrivalor, the company operating the biogas plant, said in a statement:
“We discovered the problem at the same time they did. We quickly put in place a procedure to stop it.”
Anytime a beehive is infected with foreign substances, it raises a new level of concern as bee colonies have been in great decline all over the world for the last decade. France has taken an especially hard stance against the disruption of bee colonies, banning the pesticide, Cruiser OSR, after a single study found that it was causing high mortality rates in bees.
While the town of Ribeauville is best known for its wine, there are 2,400 beekeepers in the town, keepers who tend to more than 35,000 bee colonies.
The honey with its unusual blue and green hues may be consumable, but beekeepers say nobody wants to buy colorful honey from their colonies.