Diastase is an enzyme that is found naturally in honey and degrades over time, especially when exposed to heat. Like HMF, diastase can be used to indicate the age and exposure of honey to heat. Testing for diastase forms part of the Codex Standard for Honey, and has been receiving increased attention in recent years for honey being exported to some parts of the world.

Requirements for Diastase Activity are outlined in the Codex Standard for Honey with a limit of 8 Schade units for honey following processing and/or blending. An additional limit of 3 Schade Units is outlined for honeys with a low natural enzyme content.

You can read more about Diastase in our August 2019 New Zealand Beekeeper article here: "What is diastase?"

How does Analytica conduct the test?

Analytica uses the Phadebas amylase method for diastase in honey. 


Diastase is an IANZ accredited test

Pricing and Turnaround Time

Please contact Analytica for current pricing and TATs on 07 974 4740 or at sales@analytica.co.nz 

Why Use Analytica?

Analytica offer the full range of honey tests which honey producers, processors, and marketers need.  With a fast turnaround time, a competitive price, and service that our customers rave about.  Because we are able to carry out a number of tests on your honey, you can send in one sample and let us take care of the rest. 

How to take and submit a sample

How to take and submit a sample

To have your honey tested, just send us about 50gm of honey per sample (in a plastic pottle with a screw lid.)

Download and complete our Analysis Request Form either in PDF format or as a Word document, and send it along with your samples to:

Analytica Laboratories Ltd
Ruakura Research Centre
10 Bisley Road,
Hamilton 3214 
New Zealand

Get Analysis Request Forms

Don’t forget to label each sample container with a unique name or code, matching the Sample Identification that you write on the Analysis Request Form. We will invoice you when we report your results. 

Analytica Laboratories


P: +64 7 974 4740
E: sales@analytica.co.nz

Ruakura Research Centre,
10 Bisley Road, Private Bag 3345,
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand


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