Services - Honey authentication
Pure honey is known to have numerous health benefits and nutritional values. However, honey is often adulterated for financial gains as adulterated honey can be produced and offered for sale at lower rates to increase profit margins. Adulteration of honey can be done through feeding bees with different sugar syrups during honey production or adding different sugar syrups such as High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) or cane sugar at certain ratios after production. Any adulterations and misleading statements about the honey’s geographical and botanical origin can cause severe problems to consumers and detrimental to pure honey producers.
Our laboratory offers honey authentication testing by detection of C4 sugar adulteration in pure honey based on AOAC Official Methods of Analysis 998.12. The test method employs analysis of isolation and purification of protein from honey and determination of carbon isotopic ratio of the extracted protein together with its honey by Elemental Analyser - Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (EA-IRMS).
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