Testing

Honey is known to have a wide specrtrum of antimicrobial properties, So how is honey tested and where?

There are two main laboratories based in New Zealand who carry out honey analysis:

In the UK, we would recommend the following laboratory:


Honey can be tested for a wide range of issues including:

  • Antibiotics and other Veterinary Residues
  • C4 Sugar Adulteration
  • Pesticide Residues
  • HMF
  • PH
  • Colour
  • Electical Conductivity
  • Fructose / Glucose
  • Metals


The antimicrobial compound in honey has been tested and calculated using differing methods, dependent on the brand and trademark. This has become extremely frustrating and confusing for everyone involved in the industry. For details please follow the links below:

  1. Total Activity Testing
  2. Non Peroxide Testing
  3. Methylglyoxal Testing