Man Charged Over Toxic Honey

A hobby beekeeper in Whangamata has been charged with selling food unfit for human consumption after 22 people were poisoned with tutin-contaminated honey last year.

Toxic honey is caused when bees feed on "honeydew" secreted from vine-hopper insects which in turn feed on the Tutu plant.

Symptoms of Tutu poisoning include severe vomiting and persistent seizures.