MISSOURI Honey consumption has doubled since the nineties and that isn’t surprising all the benefits that natural honey has to offer. The problem is that domestic honey production is down 35% in the last 20 years, and some of the honey being produced isn’t pure like the labeling suggests.
The Economist reports that with the decrease in domestic honey sellers are diluting the product. Honey is reportedly the third-favorite food target for adulteration behind milk and olive oil.
There is a testing lab in central Missouri that is commissioned to examine honey to determine its authenticity. The Sweetwater Science Lab ran by CEO and chief chemist Jim Gawenis, is finding that some of the honey being sold in America today is diluted and mislabeled. Gawenis said consumers are buying honey from overseas without even knowing.
There are several different ways to alter honey Gawenis said. Using additives is just one of them. Another type of alteration of the honey involves using resin which genetically changes the honey, no longer making it actual honey.
He said that his testing lab has no authority to regulate the sale of impure honey. Gawenis said there is good news though for the honey consumer. He is one of three testing labs in the country to be commissioned by GenuHoney, a trademark of Inscatech, who is releasing a public phone app that scans honey products on the shelf to test its authenticity. The phone app is set to be out the first part of 2020.
Find out more about your honey consumption at Inscatech authenticity detection and food fraud prevention or Sweetwater Science Lab.