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The composition and manufacture of honey in Europe are regulated by Community Directive 74/409/EEC. Driven by needs to harmonize the common European market, the European Commission has adopted a proposal to amend this directive. Honey producers are allowed to indicate the floral or vegetable but also the regional, territorial or topographical origin, if the product comes entirely from the indicated source. Various methods based on profile analysis, specific marker substances and fast screening approaches have been described for a variety of honey samples. In this paper, the results of the most promising analytical marker compounds and methods performed with 52 authentic honey samples from 8 European Member States and 10 different botanical origins are described.

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Authors: ANKLAM E, JRC, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT);RADOVIC B, JRC, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: American Laboratory (2001) pp.60-64
Record Number: 200013737 / Last updated on: 2001-09-18
Original language: en
Available languages: en