Honey is in the only natural sweetener available in the world, which also is considered to be healthy for both old and young. Honey’s authenticity is defined by the Codex Alimentarius standard, the EU Honey Directive, and the Swiss Food Directive. The standards adhered to by the Codex and EU have recently been reviewed. Both the changes of the standards and the implications they have were discussed. The changes have two parts: authenticity in respect to honey production, and authenticity in relation to description of origin. The aim of the review was to examine the different authenticity issues and methods used to do so, in order to obtain a reliable authenticity procedure.

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