China issues national standards for honey
Updated: 2005-12-05 19:34
China has issued a set of compulsory national standards for honey, which will
take effect on March 1, 2006.
According to Yang Hanbing, director of the China Honey Products Association
Honey Committee and chairman of the Beijing Baihua Honey Products Company, the
newly promulgated national standards add truthfulness requirements on honey.
The compulsory standards stipulate that any starch, sugar and sugar
substitutive substances may not be added to or mixed into honey. The standards
also ban the addition or mixture of foreign substances such as preservatives.
The standards also specify the methods and principles to test adulteration in
Besides, the naming of honey products is integrated with international
standards under the new standards. If other nutritious substances are added to
honey, honey may not be used in the name of the product.