It is most secure for consumers to buy honey only from certified producers who keep bee families in clean environments and do not use additives in their diet, and not from green markets or supermarkets. The honey they buy should be compact and translucent, with the same structure in the jar. When opening the jar there should be a specific smell of honey
When buying honey in a green market or supermarket you can never be sure what you are buying, because the only way to recognize real honey from false is by chemical analysis. Although there is legislation on honey labeling, consumers doubt the quality of the honey they buy, especially due to the fact that many fake bee products have appeared on the market recently.
The smallest amounts of additives or other ingredients must not be added to the honey, nor must it be heated at high temperatures. Honey which due to heating of high temperatures or filtration has lost some of its original properties should be specifically labeled as “filtered honey”.
Honey that is produced by the use of sugar does not have a smell, it either is odorless or has a smell of wax. Some types of honey are fairly bright, but the honey should not be completely colorless. On the other hand, dark honey with a taste of caramel can also mean that it is an artificial or a bad product.
Poorly informed buyers often avoid buying the so-called sugared or crystallized honey, because they doubt its quality. But the truth is that each honey crystallizes over time. Some types of honey crystallize very quickly, and some very slowly. But it is important to remember that crystallization does not affect the quality of honey. Crystallization also occurs due to the storage of low temperatures, as well as the mixing of honey. In the production of the so-called creamy honey deliberately encourages crystallization. Because such honey is very practical as a prayer, and it is characterized by an opaque white color.
But beekeepers warn that already falsified honey has the same properties as the real one. His production is so erratic that consumers can not in any way make a difference or not to notice that they buy glucose syrup unless they consult an expert. On the one hand, they are deceived. And on the other hand, unfair competition is created that practically destroys certified, genuine producers.
More than 75 Percent of all Honey sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all
Food Safety News samples of honey were sent to a melissopalynologist and professor at Texas A & M University, Vaughn Bryant. What he discovered is that about three-quarters of honey did not contain pollen, so it is unknown and unsafe. From that average, he discovered that:
- 100 percent of Winnie Pooh’s sales in Walmart stores eliminated the entire pollen.
- At 100 percent of the honey in individual packs of KFC and McDonald’s, the whole pollen was removed.
- 77 percent of honey in large stores, such as Costco, Sam’s Club, and Target, had no trace of pollen.
- 100 percent of honey from pharmacies like Volgreen and CMS pharmacy filtered all pollen.
However, he discovered that honey purchased from cooperatives, farmers’ markets. And stores like Trader Jose contained the total amount of original pollen.
Many urged the FDA to do more to prevent counterfeit and smuggled honey from landing on shelves at food stores. But until now the group has moved away from the load.
The EU, for its part, has just changed labeling regulations to ask honey containers to include “pollen” as an ingredient. Despite objections from some honey producers who believe that pollen is essential to their products.