So it turns out that bees really love M&M dye, and it makes their honey change to different colors.
Beekeepers in northeastern France have been flummoxed by the appearance of colored honey in their hives. They suspect that the bees were traveling about 4km to a processing plant that was working with Mars’ M&M dyes, and the resulting honey was taking on those colors.
Although the colored honey tastes the same as the normal golden variety, the beekeepers don’t intend to sell it. They’re also worried that the chemicals in the dye may be harmful for the bee population, which already took a hard hit last winter.
The processing company has decided to stop keeping waste in open containers outdoors, opting to seal them and store them inside. Good call there, I think.