Honey Recall in Serbia
From 182 samples 7.2 percent controls established that it is a pure forgery, and in 3.6 percent of samples there was trace of antibiotics.
Serbian veterinary inspection has withdrawn this honey from the market. Honey was from honey producers “Iriki” from Belgrade, meadow honey from company “Aza” from Ledinci, acacia and linden honey from the producers “Honey” from Vučka and honey from Beekeepers Society “Mijačković” because analyze has established that these products do not meet the stipulated quality and security, announced last week the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and water management.
Control is normally carried out in March in conjunction with the Beekeeping Association of Serbia, this inspection was done on 182 samples of honey from local producers large and small shops, as well by honey on the market. The aim of this action is to detect fake honey on the market, a review was organized after Beekeeping Association of Serbia heard that a larger quantity of honey, which the retail price is lower than the purchase (which, of course, suggest that the case of counterfeit and among poor quality) was on the market.
What is controversial in the samples, which was removed from the market and what consumers should pay attention to?
For the names of this manufacturers of honey, customers should in the future pay attention, and stores should receive information about which series, batches of honey was withdrawn and how to buy a safe product.
As stated in the press release of the Ministry of Agriculture analysis results showed that in 10 percent of honey samples withdrawn reason was atypical appearance, color and fragrance products. With as many as 55 percent of controlled samples found a large quantity of HMF (Hydroxymethylfurfural) than the prescribed limit of 40 milligrams per kilogram of honey. HMF is, otherwise, a natural ingredient of honey, but in the natural product is very small, in average a maximum of five milligrams per kilogram. With a higher concentration it is possible that the honey is overheated or is a fake.
By 7.2 percent of the samples was found the increased concentration of sugar, which means that it is a fake, and in 3.6 per cent were found pesticide residues.
Beekeeping Association of Serbia did for years take a number of actions to prevent the distribution of fake honey on the Serbian market. “That’s why we have repeatedly tried and managed to animate veterinary inspection to serious and often deal with this serious problem. In early March, our agriculture minister prof. Dragan Glamočić organized meeting with them, and ordered a new quality control of honey on the market, which led to excellent results, for which we thank him and the Veterinary Directorate“, said Rodoljub Živadinović, president of Beekeeping Association.
Average apiary in Serbia – 49 hives
In 2013 Serbia exported 3,371 tons of honey, the gross value of $ 15 million, that is 74 percent more than the export of beef from Serbia.
“Such a large export of honey has once again confirmed the importance of beekeeping in Serbia. We can do much more, by ourselves or with the appropriate system state assistance (grants, loans, refund of part of the funds for the equipment, combating fake honey on the market, the introduction of EU regulations…). Because in 2007 our association in the average apiary counted 29 hives, and in the year 2013 there was an average apiary already of 49 hives, which is an increase of as much as 69 per cent“, says Rodoljub Živadinović.