Total Activity Test

The Total Activity test is measured using Staphylococcus aureus and expressed as the equivalent % phenol. 

Total Activity = All the activity, including activity due to hydrogen peroxide (h2o2).

Brands that grade their honey using the Total Activity test might use the following ratings:  

  • Active, 
  • Total Activity (TA)
  • K-Factor, 
  • Peroxide Active (PA)
  • Total Peroxide Active (TPA)


Example of Total Activity test certificate below showing Total Activity 12.3


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