Project snapshot: Increasing the value of Australian honey as a health food
Honey has a long history of use to treat digestive ailments and research suggests honey acts as a prebiotic food that favourably changes the balance...
Published: 3 May 2001
Author(s): Ward, WH, Trueman, KF
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The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Research and Development (R&D) plan for the Honeybee Program 1996-2001 (page 18) identified some issues which could contribute to marketing honey and efficiency. The issues identified included “improved methods of extraction, storage and transport of honey …… to maximise retention of product quality and minimise the possibility of contamination”. In order to meet these objectives data on the factors which influence product quality and purity were seen as areas for investigation.
The proposed Australian and New Zealand Food Authority Bill outlines some definitions of “unsafe” and “unsuitable” food. In this legislation one of the references relating to unsuitable food is one that “contains biological or chemical agent, or other matter or substance that is foreign to the nature of the food”.