Over the last decade, there has been a sharp rise in the amount of adulterated or fake honey. Forms of fraudulent honey vary, including sugar syrups added to honey, mislabeled packaging, unethical farming practices, and more. Evidence suggests that upwards of 25% of the honey sold globally is fraudulent to some degree!
Fraudulent honey poses a risk to consumers because it often contains unknown chemical compositions, heavy metals, and even medication, such as antibiotics, that have not been approved for human consumption.
True Honey Authenticity is an ongoing project conducted at True Honey Buzz that aims to stop the production of fraudulent honey, and protect the authenticity and value of true honey. We use a modern technique based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) fingerprinting, which can differentiate between true and fraudulent honey. We are currently collecting honey samples from all over North America in order to create a comprehensive database of true honey. This will facilitate the detection of fraudulent honey by allowing us to observe differences between true and fraudulent honey in various geographic locations.
However, we need help gathering honey samples. If you are interested in providing honey samples, we would love to receive them! You can get involved by downloading the following two forms:
Using the instructions as a guideline, the honey sample and collection form can be completed and sent to our laboratory.
If you have any questions about the honey sample collection, or about honey fraud in general, please go to the ‘contact’ page to reach us!