Acta Vet. Brno 2014, 83: 85-102

Adulteration of honey and available methods for detection – a review

Blanka Zábrodská, Lenka Vorlová

University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, Department of Milk Hygiene and Technology, Brno, Czech Republic

Received October 2, 2014
Accepted January 14, 2015

Honey adulteration is a topical issue because increasingly sophisticated adulteration methods are constantly being developed and the official (legislative) determination of the quality indicators of honey is unable to detect most methods of honey adulteration. In addition, while the popularity among consumers is constantly growing, the worldwide production of honey is unstable. The aim of this review was to provide a current overview of methods suitable for the detection of individual methods of adulteration.


This study was supported by the Internal Grant Agency of the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Project No. 72/2010/FVHE).


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