Organic Rules and Certification

Honey, prohibited pasteurisation - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005

Padel, Susanne and Lowman, Steve (2005) Honey, prohibited pasteurisation - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

It is prohibited to pasteurise honey. Honey liquification temperatures must be below 60°C, and held for less than 6 hours. Soil Association Organic Standards, Paragraph 41.2.10.

Difference

Soil Association standards prohibit the pasteurisation of honey and restrict the liquification temperature and time. EU Regulation 2092/91 does not include this prohibition or restriction.

Justification

The heat involved in pasteurisation has adverse effects on honey quality, including loss of volatile compounds, accumulation of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and reduction of enzyme activity.

EU Regulation

Annex VI. Processing > Processing aids and other products - Annex VI B
Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > C.Beekeeping and beekeeping products

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Processing > Specific processing rules for product groups
Specific animal standards > Beekeeping
Processing
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Soil Association Organic Standards
Principles:Principle of health
ID Code:205
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:20 Nov 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:19

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