Contaminant Testing Methods Developed For Honey Export
International border agencies are applying an ever-increasing series of compliance requirements on New Zealand honey exporters. The risks to exporters of compliance failures are substantial, not only because of the potential loss of valuable product but because they also create the potential for greater industry-wide sanctions.
In particular, agricultural compounds, heavy metals and microbes are requested for export of honey into international markets including U.S.A, Europe, China and Japan. The Chinese overseas market access requirement (OMAR) document states “CIQs may test all consignments of honey for a number of substances such as agricultural compounds and heavy metals including those not listed in GB standards for honey, as well as testing for diseases such as American foulbrood.”
To ensure that honey exporters can meet these requirements with confidence, Hill Laboratories has developed reliable methods for both heavy metals and agricultural compounds in honey. In fact, Hill Laboratories has an award-winning history of offering pesticide residue and heavy metal analysis and has been doing it for longer than any other New Zealand owned analytical laboratory.
Our agricultural compound suites cover hundreds of compounds, analysed on state-of-the-art instruments, to ensure that you can trust in the results. Our heavy metal analysis methods are proven through time and offer a cost effective way to cover a range of metals of interest. These methods add to our already wide range of honey tests, making Hill Laboratories New Zealand’s one-stop honey testing provider. If ensuring your honey will meet export requirements is important to your business, testing with Hill Laboratories is a tried and trusted choice.
For more information on the services we offer, please see: https://www.hill-laboratories.com/testing/pesticide-testing/