We are aware of the illegal practices highlighted by Netflix’s ‘Rotten’ series in episode 1, ‘Lawyers, Guns & Honey’. We are pleased to tell you that we have been well ahead of identifying these practices before the 2013 incident that is referred to in the episode. We ensure the testing programs we have in place are thorough in detecting all types of fake honey/syrups, as it’s our business to make sure we are experts in our field and report any suppliers who adulterate honey.
Our Company engages world class independently accredited laboratories to undertake testing on raw honey, imported honey and finished goods. We test for over 65 different antibiotics and undertake specific analyses of both C3 and C4 sugars, to ensure the honey is not adulterated in any form with foreign syrups – These sugars include high fructose corn syrup / agave / rice / cane sugar / other sugar-based syrups / glucose or any other additives.
To ensure the highest level of confidence in testing we only work with world renown German Laboratories, proficient in the testing of honey. If we find a questionable result, we then test for the presence of specific syrups, such as Rice Syrup Trace Marker. Additionally, we can also test for foreign alpha amylase and other enzymes used as masking agents, as well as caramel colour and foreign proteins.
All honey must also meet stringent quality testing standards set in place by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ), the Company has never failed this quality testing.