Is It The Honey It Says It Is? Two Ways To Tell

CATCH THE BUZZ    By Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer/Laboratory Equipment Magazine  June 19, 2015

The common phrase “things aren’t always what they seem” can apply to a plethora of situations over the course of your lifetime—but how about a trip to the supermarket? Food authentication, especially for items such as honey and olive oil, is becoming more prevalent due to a rise in counterfeiting and mislabeling. Laboratory professionals have long answered the food validity call, and their work continues to evolve to meet the needs of the respective industries.

Testing honey’s authenticity

Two novel ways to test for the authenticity of marketed origin in honey include melissopalynology, the study of pollen contained in the substance, and...

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