Apimondia 2019

Antibiotics in honey – Consumer demand for honey products

The current market – with its price rises and demand pressures – reflects the ongoing desirability of honey.  Analysts say demand from consumers and the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries is increasing. Population growth and rising living standards have helped drive demand in developed markets, while a rise in disposable income in China and Asia is creating new demand for premium types.

Evidence has shown that honey has a range of benefits alongside containing nutrients, its antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant and antifungal properties prove to be good for skin and hair condition. Therefore, many cosmetics companies now include honey as a prime ingredient in their products.

Honey has a long medicinal history. People swarm to honey for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature’s best all-around remedies.

With the demand for products containing honey on the rise, it is important that the natural product does not contain any harmful antibiotics that could affect the health of consumers as the end product may be used daily. Therefore, it is important that honey testing is carried out to ensure food safety and high quality natural products that consumers expect to be paying for.

In order to help the honey industry Randox Food Diagnostics have developed Biochip Array Technology. Biochip allows for the detection of multiple antimicrobials / pesticides from a single honey sample. The platform enables the user to run up to 54 honey samples on the Evidence Investigator analyser in under 2 hours 30 minutes, allowing the user to consolidate costs and time.

Randox offer a vast number of arrays for the detection of antimicrobials in honey including: sulphonamides, trimethoprim, dapsone, Quinolones, streptomycin, tetracyclines, erythromycin, nitroimidazoles and many more.


We will be attending Apimondia 2019 in Montreal, Canada from the 8th – 12th September! Stop by booth B1 to find out about our full range of products for the screening of antibiotics in honey. 


See our full range of arrays for the detection of antibiotics on Biochip Array Technology:


AM I Ultra

AM II Plus




AM Cap Only


For more information please contact us via email at: info@randoxfooddiagnostics.com



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