Here's a reminder for all of us that sometimes if the price is too good to be true, it may, in fact, NOT be true!
This year, once again, there seems to be fake honey in the marketplace and/or quality control issues for some honey:
Of the 35 samples tested, the following types of honey did not pass laboratory tests for the standards for pure honey:
Wildflower Honey, Nir Galim Apiary
1 kg containers
Use by date: 11/12/2019
Tests showed elevated levels of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) - which indicates that the honey may have been heated, stored improperly, or stored for a long period of time.
Find out more about HMF here
In addition, the amount of Diastase enzyme was lower than expected for honey, which indicates that the honey is not of the quality claimed.
20g containers (I saw these being sold at stores like Zol Stock)
Tests showed that sucrose levels were higher than should be for pure honey, and both fructose and glucose levels were lower than should be for honey. In additon, the amount of diastase enzyme is lower than expected.
(My note: It is reasonable to assume this honey is not pure honey.)
Misrad HaBriut is conducting more tests, and if they add more varieties to this list, I will post about it!
Wishing you all a happy, sweet new year, with REAL, good quality honey!