Organic Rules and Certification

Honey, quality - DE Bioland Standards 2005

Huber, Beate (2006) Honey, quality - DE Bioland Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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BIOLAND honey for consumption must fulfil specific quality criteria concerning the content of water (max. 18%, resp. 21.5% for heathland honey), HMF (max. 10 mg/kg), and invertase (min. 10 units, resp. 7 for acacia and linden honey). Furthermore it must be free from residues from medical treatment. BIOLAND standards (Bioland production standards, Measurable Quality Criteria of the Honey)


The BIOLAND standard is more detailled. There are no measurable quality criteria for organic honey indicated in the EU Regulation 2092/91.


To ensure BIOLAND honey to be a high quality product. In Germany the quality is regulated by the german honey regulation which indicates a higher permissible water content, a lower content of HMF and a minimum of 65% of invert sugar.

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: Europe > Germany > Bioland
Principles:Principle of health
ID Code:739
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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