Common and emerging tests for honey

Thursday, April 22, 2022, Author: Leanne McGill

Whether you’re buying or selling, you will need to have your honey tested by a laboratory to meet either an Overseas Market Requirement (OMAR) or the requirement of a prospective buyer. This article outlines some of these common and emerging tests.

The international standard for honey (CODEX) is widely referred to when checking the authenticity of the honey. Some of the tests you may be asked for that arise from this standard are C4 sugars, diastase and HMF. Honey is typically tested at extraction, during storage, after blending and after packing.