Wednesday, 08 December 2021

UK's Bruker invents a rapid NMR screening tool to detect honey adulteration

29 July 2021 | News

NMR Honey-Profiling™ 3.0 Module allows honey producers and distributors to check for purity, botanical source, country of origin, and identify atypical profiles for further investigation

Photo Credit: Bruker

Photo Credit: Bruker

Unitec Kingdom's Bruker launched the latest version of its NMR Honey-Profiling™ module for the advanced detection of the ever-evolving modes of honey adulteration. The new module expands the growing database to 28,000 reference honey samples, covering over 50 countries, 100 monofloral varieties and many polyfloral varieties. It allows honey producers and distributors to check for purity, botanical source, country of origin, and identify atypical profiles for further investigation.

The rapid and comprehensive Honey-Profiling 3.0 screening tool, based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, evaluates honey identity and authenticity in one reliable, push-button method under full automation. It analyzes the honey sample’s H-NMR spectrum and identifies specific components that make up its unique ‘fingerprint’, comparing it to the carefully curated honey reference database. The new NMR Honey-Profiling module includes additional geographical and varietal markers, which further strengthen the detection of adulterations, such as the presence of sugar syrup or low-cost honey sources.

As a high-value food product, honey is particularly vulnerable to economically motivated adulteration (EMA), which can impact the entire value chain, not only influencing consumer trust but potentially damaging the reputation of honey producers or resellers. Using a sophisticated, hands-off analytical method that is able to detect new modes of adulteration is vital to protecting the authenticity, integrity, and economic viability of honey.

 

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