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2017-01-14 Malaysia: Novel Approach to Detect Adulterant in Honey


Novel Approach to Detect Adulterant in Honey

Description of the project offered: 
Honey is an extract of floral and secretions from variety of bees. Honey from the stingless bee business is fast growing in Malaysia. Honey production is declining due to labor costs and low profits from the business. To overcome this decline, some manufactures adulterate pure honey with industrial sugar, chemicals and water. Codex alimanterious states that the honey intended for human consumption should not have any ingredient other than honey thus must be free from food additives, organic and inorganic matter that is foreign to the original constituents. Honey is either adulterated directly; adding industrial sugar or low quality honey into ready-made honey or indirectly; feeding sugar to honey bees, with industrial sugar or low quality honey. The main honey adulterants are starch syrup, inverted syrup, starch or inverted syrup fed to bees and low quality honey added to high priced honey. A literature review highlighted many methods to detect adulterants in honey; Q-TOF-MS (quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry) based on metabolomics used to detect different adulterants in honey simultaneously, IR (infrared), NMR (Nuclear magnetic resonance) and Raman spectroscopy used to detect adulterants in honey within a shorter time period, HPLC detected both C3 and C4 starch syrups and rice syrups, GC (Gas chromatography) and HPAEC (high-performance anion-exchange chromatography) used to identify HFCS and SCIRA (stable carbon isotopic ratio analysis) used to analyze C3 plant adulterants. However these methods are expensive and cannot be used as portable machines for on-spot inspection for testing honey adulteration. The use of rapid test-kit methods similar to pregnancy test kits could be a practical solution to reduce adulterated honey availability in the market which would also be useful for the regulatory authorities and consumers.
Project proposer:   Aishath Naila ()
Partner role:  Project participant 
Partner organisation:  Education
Call for proposal title:  CALL: FET-Open – Novel ideas for radically new technologies 
Call for proposal identifier:  H2020-FETOPEN-2016-2017

Description of the collaboration sought: 
Collaboration with the experts relevant to this project in terms of advanced technology, financially, and science wise. 
Expertise sought: Intellectual property rights, Scientific research, Coordination. Cooperation, Innovation. Technology transfer, Legislation. Regulations, Policies, Security, Regional development, Economic aspects, Education. Training, Sustainable development, Waste management, Environmental protection, Safety, Project management methodologies, Standards, Reference materials, Measurement methods, Water resource management, Agricultural biotechnology, Food, Agriculture, Life sciences, Biotechnology, Medicine. Health, Mathematics. Statistics, Other technology, Automation, Industrial biotech, Nanotechnology and Nanosciences, Materials technology, Construction technology, Industrial manufacture, 
Roles sought: Project participant, Project coordinator, 
Organisation types sought: Consultancy, Research, Education, Industry, Technology transfer, Non-governmental organisation (NGO), Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), , 
Countries sought: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, 

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