Nearly Half of Honey Tested Contains Mostly Rice Syrup, Wheat Syrup or Sugar Beet Syrup
Almost half of the tested honey contains mainly rice syrup, wheat syrup or sugar beet syrup
Honey producers secretly “dilute” their honey with cheap syrups that have not been discovered until now.
A new test method has shown that almost half of the honey sold in Australia, one of the largest honey exporters in the world, is diluted with cheap sweeteners such as rice syrup, wheat syrup and sugar beet syrup.
Twelve of the 28 honey samples taken from grocery stores across the country and tested in a reputable laboratory in Germany were mostly low-cost sugar syrup varieties, not honey.
The scary thing is that all these honey brands have passed the official purity tests of the government.
That’s because honey producers are flying better under the test radar, say the researchers.
The official tests, recognized internationally, concern only cane sugar and honey adulterated with corn sugar.
Manufacturers have learned that they can not tell the difference between rice syrup, sugar beet syrup and honey.
But the new technology called nuclear magnetic resonance can.
The German Quality Services International laboratory was commissioned by Australian horticulturist Robert Costa to perform both types of tests.
Although all 28 samples passed the government’s official C4 sugar test, only 14 passed the NMR tests.
“The C4 test takes the most false honey, because most of the cheap sugar syrups that make up fake honey come from C4 plants like corn and sugar cane,” says Emma Beckett, a molecular nutritionist at the University. from Newcastle.
“Newer substitutes such as rice, wheat and beet syrup come from C3 plants and are therefore not collected.”
QSI CEO Gudrun Beckh, who has been testing honey for nearly 30 years, said NMR was the most comprehensive test for tampering.
“There has always been artificial honey, but in recent years, the problem has been growing, because people are becoming more sophisticated and it is more difficult to find them,” she said.
A 2018 study found that 27% of Australian honey brands were diluted with cane sugar or corn syrup using the traditional C4 test method.
The contaminated marks were those mixed with foreign honey, usually from China, and not 100% Australian honey.
There is no standard test or test for honey purity in the United States, but the problem is probably similar or worse.
A 2011 laboratory analysis revealed that 76% of the honey sold in the United States did not contain pollen, suggesting that it is probably illegally sourced from China, diluted with cheap sweeteners and containing illegal antibiotics.
Food Safety News commissioned famed melissopalynologist and professor Vaughn Bryant of Texas A & M University to examine 60 varieties of honey from stores in the United States.
76% of the grocery samples and 100% of the pharmacy and fast food samples did not contain pollen.
The removal of all honey pollen “makes no sense,” said Mark Jensen, president of the American Honey Producers Association, at Food Safety News.
“The removal of all pollen can only be done by ultrafiltration, which only costs money and reduces the quality of honey,” he said.
“I think it’s pretty safe to assume that ultrafiltered honey on the shelves is Chinese honey, and it’s even safer to assume that he entered the country unattended and in violation of federal law.”
“It’s no secret in the industry that pollen is filtered by hiding where it comes from, and that’s China in almost every case,” said beekeeper Richard Adee.
The FDA has written to the industry stating that “the FDA does not consider honey as ultra-filtered honey,” agency spokeswoman Tamara Ward told Food Safety News.
The purchase of organic brands increases the likelihood that it is real honey. The laboratory found that 71% of organic brands were pollutants.
Maybe buying raw, unfiltered honey is a better way to make sure that honey is real.