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Are you Buying Real Honey?

Lynne Ingram, who's recently given a couple of excellent talks in our autumn/winter programme of speaker evenings, recently reported on widespread fraud in global honey production following her recent visit to the global beekeeping conference Apimondia.

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This paper produced by the Honey Authenticity Project describes the result of thorough laboratory testing on 11 low cost jars of honey, labelled as a “blend of EU and non EU honey”, bought in UK supermarkets.

All samples showed evidence of unnatural components. All contained Psicose, a generic fraud marker, and all but one brand showed illegal diastase biological activity, indicating that the honey had been extensively heated during production.

There has also been a recent BBC News report about tests on "Tesco Set Honey 454g" showing that it contained syrups made from sugar. Tesco withdrew the product as a result.

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