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Honey authenticity is determined according collectively to the Codex Alimentarius standard, the EU honey directive, as well as by differing national legislations. For other bee products, there are currently no international standards, only national ones. This review covers chiefly honey authenticity issues, and the other bee products are discussed in less detail. The review contains two main aspects: authenticity in respect of production i.e to prevent adulteration, and in respect to geographical botanical origin. Sensory analysis, pollen analysis, and several physicochemical methods are used to establish the authenticity of botanical origin. While the geographical authenticity is established by using melissa palynological methods. The conduction of such analysis however, require high level of specialisation and expertise, as well as being extremely time-consuming. Because of this, new techniques surrounding analysis are being reviewed.  Although some nations have standards surrounding other bee products, currently there are no international standards. Due to the fact that these are of lesser importance from a commercial point of view, at this point there is limited research surrounding these products. The International Honey Commission is currently working on standardising these products however, excluding bee venom.

 

http://www.umf.org.nz/wp-content/myimages/2017/02/Bogdanov_2007_Authenticity-of-honey-and-other-bee-products-state-of-the-art.pdf

 

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