Quality of Honey Proficiency Test

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Product Specification

Proficiency Test Information
Product Code Proficiency Test Matrix Approx. Size
FCQH1-HON2

2859

Honey

100g

Analytes

Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, HMF, Diastase, Electrical Conductivity, pH, Lead

Comments

This test material may be adulterated honey

Test Description

Honey consists essentially of different sugars, predominantly fructose and glucose as well as other substances such as organic acids, enzymes and solid particles derived from honey collection. The colour of honey and consistency can vary considerably, along with its flavour and aroma depending on where it is produced.  Honey intended for human consumption must meet a specific composition which is outlined and detailed in the EU Honey Directive. The analytes that are included in our honey proficiency tests are all important determinants in evaluating the quality of honey.

In addition to our normal analytes of interest in honey, on this occasion we have included the analysis of lead (Pb) for the first time.  Due to the known health benefits of honey and that it is a foodstuff readily consumed by children and a wide population, it is essential that a strict quality control process is in place, especially for lead. Elevated levels of heavy metals, such as lead in honey, may result from and be an indication of environmental or processing contamination, or may originate from soil or plant species that the honey is derived.  

Proficiency testing from Fapas is important to highlight any areas of improvement required across your routine analysis testing ability. Proficiency testing from Fapas makes use of real food matrices from which to provide direct comparisons to your routine analysis activities. As such identified areas of improvement can be actioned quickly and concisely, safeguarding the high quality testing your customers expect from your testing laboratory.

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