Organic Rules and Certification

Honey, quality - Demeter International 2004

Huber, Beate (2006) Honey, quality - Demeter International 2004. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

The honey must fulfil certain measurable quality criteria in terms of water content, HMF content and invertase level: Water content - measured according to DIN/AOAC - 18% maximum and for heather honey 21.4% . The HMF content - measured according to Winkler - 10 mg/kg maximum . The Invertase level - measured according to Hadorn - must be at least 10 (except honeys with a low content of enzymes like honey from acacia). (DI standards for beekeeping and hive products, 5.3 Quality Analysis; DI standards for beekeeping and hive products, Appendix 1 Measurable Honey Quality Requirements)

Difference

The DI standard is more detailed. The EU Regulation 2092/91 does not regulate quality criteria of organic honey.

Justification

To make sure that only high quality honey is sold as Demeter certified honey.

EU Regulation

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:Specific animal standards > Beekeeping
Country/Standard:Demeter International Standard
Principles:Principle of health
ID Code:602
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:17 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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