The ability to successfully and reliably authenticate natural products, such as honey, is extremely important. Therefore, existing standards for similar products are a basis for authenticity testing. An important role of the International Honey Commission (IHC) is to continue to develop and improve these tests. The current honey standard of Codex Alimentarius was first set in 2001, and was essentially proposed by the IHC. Currently, IHC groups are continuing to evolve and elaborate these standards on all bee products, excluding venom. An author of this paper, Stefan Bogdanov, is organising the IHC work on the standardisation of these products. This work was crowned by submitting publications proposing drafts for standards of polar propolis, royal jelly, and pollen. The beeswax group, who is led by Hansjoachim Roth a member of the Ceralyse laboratory in Bremen, is currently doing the same for beeswax. Despite this, using honey as an example is telling that there is still a long way to go toward ensuring world standards are all within the frame of the Codex. The main drawback of the proposed drafts, with the exception of wax, is that they are built on existing national standards, which publications were carried out with differing methods and countries. This has inevitably lead to large variabilities of proposed limits. For bee products besides honey, the next step with be to establish standardised methods for the founding of the standard.



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