Honey-Profiling 3.0 NMR module released for broker testing for complex honey fraud

The broker has launched the latest version of its Honey-Profiling NMR module for honey testing for advanced detection of fraud. The new module expands the growing database to 28,000 reference honey samples, including more than 50 countries, 100 single-flower species and many multi-flower varieties. This allows honey producers and distributors to check the purity and botanical source of the country of origin and identify unusual profiles for further research.

The fast and comprehensive Honey-Profiling 3.0 method, based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, evaluates the identity and authenticity of honey in a reliable and fully automated method. This method analyzes the H-NMR spectrum of honey samples and identifies specific components that make up its unique “fingerprint”. It then compares it with a carefully selected honey reference database. The new Honey-Profiling NMR module includes geo-tags and other features that improve the detection of fraud, such as the presence of sugar syrup or the use of low-cost honey.

Honey as a high value food product is particularly vulnerable to economically motivated fraud, which can affect the entire honey value chain; Not only does it affect consumer confidence, but it also potentially tarnishes the reputation of honey producers or sellers. Honey fraud has to some extent reduced the price of raw honey over the past decade, putting beekeepers’ livelihoods at risk. Meanwhile, the price of honey received from consumers has increased due to increased demand. Therefore, using an analytical method that is able to detect new methods of fraud is vital to protect the authenticity, integrity and economic viability of honey and can be a good guarantee to buy genuine honey.

Thomas Spengler, Senior Market Manager for Food Analysis Solutions at Bruker Biospin, said:

“It’s not just about sugar syrups in honey. Economically motivated fraud in honey affects the survival of the beekeeping industry, and the steady decline in the number of beekeepers threatens global food security, given the role that bees play in pollinating agricultural products. “NMR, as a powerful multi-symptom, non-targeted technique, is increasingly being used around the world to combat new and sophisticated methods of honey fraud.”

Global regulators, governments and industry are rapidly recognizing the potential of NMR to combat fraudulent activities, protect consumers and brands, and increase supply chain integrity. For example, the Export Inspection Council in India has mandated NMR testing for honey exports to the United States since August 2020. Government agencies in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia, Spain, and Germany are accepting NMRs. Also, the Federation of Beekeepers Associations – APIMONDIA – recommends more advanced and powerful methods such as NMR to test different cases of honey cheating.

According to the needs of the market, the broker NMR has introduced FoodScreener Essential Honey, a system designed only for the analysis of honey and suitable for the honey industry. This cost-effective solution uses the Honey-Profiling NMR method, allowing honey packers to perform on-site honey analysis without the need for NMR expertise to work with the device.

Professor NEberto Luis Garcia, Senior Consultant at NEXCO SA, Argentina, one of the first recipients of the NMR FoodScreener Essential Honey, said: they give. They also have the highest quality required for purchased honey. NMR testing is essential when selling honey with the highest guarantee of purity and authenticity to markets such as the European Union, the United States and Japan. “

The Honey-Profiling 3.0 NMR module is the latest step in the broker’s ongoing effort to provide the honey industry with powerful tools to maintain a sustainable and fair trade and to defend the reputation of honey as a natural healthy food product.


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