What is real honey?

I’m sure most of you will have seen or read the articles in September about fake honey.  The news was first released during the Royal Adelaide Show so we had lots of opportunities to discuss the issue with our customers.  I was a little surprised (and a little pleased) at the strong reaction.  I actually had lots of people say that they went home and checked their cupboards and in many cases threw out honey they believed to be fake!

It is important to note that the articles that were published related to specific lines within specific brands.  Not all honey sold in supermarkets is fake.  Not all honey within certain brands is fake.  Essentially it means you need to check your labels and look for 100% South Australian Honey.

Links to articles here:

ABC initial story

ABC follow up story


The Food Standards Code 2.8.2 is particular about what honey is.  It states:

“Honey means the natural sweet substance produced by honey bees from the nectar of blossoms or from secretions of living parts of plants or excretions of plant-sucking insects on the living parts of plants, which honey bees collect, transform and combine with specific substances of their own, store and leave in the honeycomb to ripen and mature.

A food that is sold as ‘honey’ must:

(a)      be honey; and

(b)      contain:

(i)       no less than 60% reducing sugars; and

(ii)      no more than 21% moisture. ”

What it boils down to for me is, in all our purchases and transactions, choose local and choose what you know.  It has many flow on benefits.  You support your community with jobs, you reduce food miles and therefore your environmental impact is much more positive.

Honey Lady is committed to supporting South Australian beekeepers and businesses.  If you have any questions at all about our products please contact us via fb or email (info@honeylady.com.au).