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QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF HONEY AVAILABLE IN POLISH MARKET

QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF HONEY AVAILABLE IN POLISH MARKET

 

Key words:
honey, quality, adulteration.

 

Summary
Consumers often run a risk of purchasing and consuming adulterated, inauthentic food products. Such a risk occurs when manufacturers of food products apply dishonest practices rooted in their desire to increase profits through reduced production costs or to increase the price competitiveness of their products, in their wish to hide improper quality or real origin oftheir food products or, at times, technological errors. Bee-honey is one of the products, which are the most commonly adulterated. The objective of the research performed was to assess the quality of bee-honey marketed in Poland. The research subject constituted multi-floral honey brands available in the Polish retail trade markets. The research comprised the assessment of selected physical-chemical parameters, sensory features, and correctness of labels appearing on honey packagings. The results obtained made it possible to conclude that as regards the physical-chemical parameters, there were statistically significant differences among the honey brands studied. However, the majority of the honey brands analyzed met the requirements in force. Furthermore, there was no negative feedback reported on the organoleptic properties of the majority of the products tested. Small irregularities were found in the labelling of the packagings of all the honey brands tested.  

 

Maria GRZEBINOGA
University of Economics in Cracow
Faculty of Commodity Science
Chair of Food Commodity Science

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