Today, the European Commission has published the results of the EU-wide coordinated action “From the Hives” on honey contaminated with sugars.
These investigations aimed to put a stop to operators voluntarily placing contaminated honey onto the EU market and sanction them accordingly if needed. Of the 320 samples taken at EU borders and analysed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), 147 (46%) were suspected of being non-compliant.
This suspicion rate was considerably higher in comparison to an earlier EU-wide coordinated control plan conducted in 2015-17, where 14% of the analysed samples did not comply with established benchmark criteria to assess honey authenticity.
However, the JRC applied a different set of methods, with improved detection capability, throughout the current exercise, which may explain this contrast.
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