A brand of purportedly diabetic-friendly agave nectar being sold in South Africa is actually just fructose syrup – putting lives at risk.
The South African organic food industry has been taken for a bitter ride for at least eight years by a foul-mouthed Eastern Cape conman who even made a name for himself as subject of a story about a lovers’ bustup in Die Kaapse Son. This is according to a scorned ex-wife, former employees and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Brian Neary, 54, claims to trade in the agave plant – a succulent native to Mexico that is also used in the making of Tequila – selling it into the organic food market where it is used as a honey or sugar substitute.
But the mini-empire built by Neary, a resident of the plush Marina Martinique Estate in Jeffreys Bay, is built upon an elaborate con.