Honey Standard to improve trade and production of quality products

Trade and production of quality honey is set to improve following the revision and development of the draft Standard for Table honey (DEAS 36-1: 2019) Honey — Specification — Part 1.

The East Africa Standards Committee on Apiary and apiary product (EASC/TC 011) developed and revised the Draft East African standards in line with EAC principles and procedures of harmonization of standards.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is calling upon the public to comment on the suitability of the standard. The public is called upon to comment on the draft standard starting 23rd October to 22nd  December 2019.

The request letter available on the UNBS Website (https://unbs.go.ug/alerts.php?src=dsp ) guides on how and where the comment form should be submitted.

The Draft East African Standard specifies the requirements, sampling and test methods for honey produced by honeybees for human consumption.

The Honey shall;

  • not have added food ingredient, including food additives, nor shall any other additions be made other than honey;
  • not have any objectionable matter, flavour, aroma, or taint absorbed from foreign matter during its processing and storage;
  • not have begun to ferment or effervesce;
  • not have pollen or constituent particular to honey removed except where this is unavoidable in the removal of foreign inorganic or organic matter;
  • not be heated to such an extent that its essential composition and /or its quality is impaired;
  • not be chemically or biochemically treated to influence honey crystallisation;
  • have the colour varying from near colourless to dark brown (amber) depending on the botanical source.
  • have the consistency of fluid, viscous, partly or entirely crystallized;
  • have the flavour and aroma derived from plant origin; and
  • be free from visible mould and as far as practicable, be free from inorganic or organic matter foreign to its composition, such as insects, insect debris, brood or grains of sand, or soil, when the honey is offered for sale or is used in any product for human consumption.
  • be packaged in a food grade material that protects the integrity and safety of the product

More requirements regarding the weights and measures, labelling and sampling are laid out in the draft standard, available on the UNBS website;  https://unbs.go.ug/alerts.php?src=dsp  (at the bottom of the draft standards list).

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for developing and promoting standards, quality products and services to facilitate fair trade, promote local industries and protect consumers.

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