Organic Rules and Certification

Honey, quality - Naturland 2005

Huber, Beate (2005) Honey, quality - Naturland 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

NATURLAND certified honey which is to be sold for consumption has to meet certain quality criteria for water content, HMF content and invertase index. ("In addition to the legal stipulations, the following criteria must be fulfilled: - water content, measured by the AOAC method, max. 18% (heather honey 21.5%) - HMF ( = Hydroxymethylfurfural)-content, measured according to Winkler, max. 10 mg/kg6 - invertase Index, min. 10 (Hadorn-/Gontarski unit). In the case of honey from acacia, lime trees and phacelia, min. 7 (analyses according to AOAC = Association of Official Agricultural Chemists"). Otherwise the honey can be sold for processing purposes. (NL standards for organic beekeeping II.8.4 Measurable quality of the honey)

Difference

The NATURLAND standard rules quality criteria for honey in detail. The EU Regulation 2092/91 does not regulate quality criteria for honey. This aspect is regulated by the legal provisions of the member states, and there it is identical for both organic and conventional produce.

Justification

To ensure NATURLAND honey to be a high quality product.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > C.Beekeeping and beekeeping products
Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > Product handling, storage, processing, transportation and packaging - not in EC Reg > Special product group processing standards

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Specific animal standards > Beekeeping
Country/Standard: Europe > Germany > Naturland
Principles:Principle of health
ID Code:394
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:29 Oct 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 09:14

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