ChemCentre is pleased to offer an extensive range of analytical services to ensure honey meets the quality, authenticity, safety and product integrity requirements for domestic and export markets.

The independent testing undertaken by ChemCentre provides producers with scientific data that can be used to assure regulators, distributors and consumers that their product is of the highest quality, while also providing access to scientific consultancy services that can assist with queries regarding product certification and integrity of supply chain distribution.

Honey Adulteration

  • Sugar Profile (fructose, glucose, sucrose, maltose, total simple sugars)
  • Pollen ID (outsourced)

 

Contaminants

  • Antimicrobials (outsourced)
  • Heavy Metals

Learn more about our contaminant and adulteration analysis services.

 

Quality Indicators

  • Dihydroxy Acetone (DHA)
  • 5-(Hydroxymethyl) Furfural (HMF)
  •  Methylglyoxal (MGO)
  • Total Activity (outsourced)
  • Antioxidant (ORAC, FRAP and DPPH)
  • Diastase Activity

Physical Characteristics

  • pH
  • Free Acidity
  • Electrical Conductivity
  • Moisture by Refractive Index
  • Total Phenolics
  • Colour
  • Ash
  • Protein
  • Energy & Carbohydrates by Calculation

 

Export Certificates

  • China
  • Malaysia
  • European Union
  • Other export markets upon request

Common Tests and Pricing

The most common test requested by beekeepers includes a Nutritional Panel Suite as included in the price list or TA (Total antimicrobial activity). The TA refers to the bacteria-killing scale; the higher the TA the greater the antimicrobial strength. The antibacterial activity of honey is derived from natural enzymes and chemicals in the honey. This is important for beekeepers as a higher TA means that the honey can be marketed at a higher price.

Sampling

The samples should include unique description names. Please subsample carefully from your bulk container. We suggest multiple (6 minimum), small subsamples (30-50g) from various positions within the container, to give a representative 200-250g sample that is supplied to the laboratory. Please note that the activity of honey is heat sensitive, so the temperature should be kept below 30ºC.

Please note that we can only test Western Australian honey due to the State's biosecurity restrictions.

Sample Submission Times

Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm (excluding public holidays).

Please download and complete the Request for Analysis form and submit it when submitting your samples for analysis. 

Results & Turnaround Time

Turnaround time is around 10-20 working days, depending on the scope of testing. Results will be emailed once payment is made and testing is completed.

Price List

Prices for common tests are below:

1 sample of honey for TA = $265.10 incl. GST

1 sample of honey for MGO and/or HMF = $221.10 incl. GST

1 sample of honey for Nutritional Label testing = $287.10 incl. GST

Please feel free to contact us if you require pricing for any other parameters.

To avoid any delays in sample analysis, prepayment is required at the time of sample submission.

For other analyses (for example, other heavy metals, pesticides etc.), specific sampling requirements may be necessary. Please discuss this with a ChemCentre scientist prior to sample collection. There is a minimum charge of $220 (including GST). Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

Scientific consulting

ChemCentre prides itself on its chemical expertise. Our scientists are experts at solving those difficult chemical problems and can assist you to further develop your product. If you have questions regarding product analysis or development - we are here to help.

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Postal address

ChemCentre
PO Box 1250
BENTLEY DC WA 6983

t: (08) 9422 9800
f: (08) 9422 9801
e: enquiries@chemcentre.wa.gov.au

ABN : 40 991 885 705

Street address

ChemCentre
Resources and Chemistry Precinct
Corner Manning Road and Townsing Drive
Bentley WA 6102

Reception: Level 2, South Wing, Building 500.

Deliveries: Ground floor - use Conlon Street entrance

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