It may come as a surprise to most consumers that the U.S. has no established definition of honey, nor are national regulations in place that would keep adulterated honey from being sold as pure honey.
Frustration with the situation has prompted the state of Florida to enact a regulation that
is being touted as the first regulation in the nation - and possibly in the world - requiring that any product that is produced, processed or sold in Florida as honey must be "natural food product resulting from the harvest of nectar by honeybees."
If the product includes sugar water, flavorings, antibiotics sprayed into hives to keep bees healthy or anything else that is not honey produced by bees, it cannot be sold as honey in Florida.
It's high time that the US passed such a "Standard of Identity." As I posted earlier, the lack of standards has resulted in problems with imported honey, particularly from China and India.
Kudos to the state of Florida and the beekeepers who pressed for such regulation. I just wish the FDA would follow suit. In the meantime, your best bet is to buy from local producers of honey.