The authenticity of honey and the development of the honey category

What’s the buzz around the South African Honey Trade? The regulatory status of honey defines adulteration as any non-bee product added to (natural) bee products. These bee products include products produced or harvested by honey bees or stingless bees, such as honey, beeswax, propolis and royal jelly. FACTS has developed a testing method to identify specific carbohydrates in honey that should not be present in honey. This can assist in avoiding food fraud and aid in establishing authenticity. The regulation is clear on the purity of any product being referred to as ‘honey’, and goes on to prohibit the addition of any adulterant if a product is named ‘honey’. Perhaps in the future, as analytical options develop, we will see further development of the current regulations. What are the challenges faced when using traditional analytical methods? Connect with the FACTS team or Read more…