Honey adulteration (the manufacture and sale of “fake” honey) is a challenge for beekeepers and honey companies across the world. It affects consumers’ health and pockets and the viability of real beekeepers’ operations.
The following video provides a great summary of what adulteration means. It covers the addition of corn and rice sugars, the dilution with water, and concentration of pre-honey produce.
Peel’s relies on a combination of tests and indicators, including the AOAC 998.12 method (via accredited laboratories in Germany and Italy) to confirm that honey supplied by other beekeepers is what it appears to be. In addition, we are growing our own hives to increase the amount of honey we are able to supply in-house.
We urge all South Africans to support local beekeepers and encourage retailers to only stock real, and preferably local, honey. Beekeeping not only affects our ability to enjoy pure honey as consumers, but also fulfils a critical function in ensuring that many other crops and fruit are available to us through pollination services.
Have a look at our other post on how consumers can use the Peel’s PPP Test to evaluate whether honey is likely to be pure.
Interview with James Gawenis, CEO of Sweetwater Science Labs courtesy of foodnavigator.com