Honey

From The Hive

Government warnings and conspiracies

For reasons we do not understand, some infants get botulism when the spores get into their digestive tracts, grow, and produce the toxin.
Honey can contain the bacteria that causes infant botulism, so do not feed honey to children younger than 12 months. Honey is safe for people 1 year of age and older.
https://www.cdc.gov/botulism/prevention.html

These government agents need to explain themselves. Babies pick up everything they can reach on the floor and put it in their mouth, no matter how dirty it is, and yet "honey" is said to dangerous for babies, because it might possibly contain bacterial spores of a certain species of Clostridium botulinum, but it suddenly becomes harmless, safe, and government-approved at the age of exactly one year.

Plausible denials and other explanations

Honey is almost all sugar, and too much sugar and sweets in general may be unhealthy for children.

Honey diluted with water in baby bottles may spoil or ferment to mead and be inappropriate for young children to drink.

Fort Meade is the headquarters of NSA among other government agencies and operations.

We think there are a more than a few older ladies of the stereotypical grandmotherly type, into home canning, gardening, sewing, knitting, arts and crafts, and similar activities, who drink too much alcohol, and have too much "traditional" wisdom in such matters, for the sober to rely on.

Adulteration of food products

We think the honey on the grocery store shelf is somehow or other adulterated if if the government deems it unsafe for young children without saying so in so many words.