Honey Testing - QSI America with Tobias Wiezorek (S3, E29)


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QSI–America is a Germany based company that is in the business of testing honey for anything. Their US lab in Corona, California is led by Tobias Wiezorek, and employs about 35 scientists looking at the biochemical, microbiology, chemical and pollen aspects of the honey and wax samples. They can perform many tests, including moisture content, the presence of antibiotics or pesticides, the HMF content to determine if the sample has been overheated, sugar ratios to tell if it’s a blend, pure or something else, they can identify the pollens found in a sample to identify the source and/or country of origin, presence of GMOs, and heavy metals.

The sophistication of these tests continues to grow as the people who are in the business of adulterating honey also get more sophisticated.

Honey is a good indicator the quality of the environment the bees who make the sample have to live in. QSI-America’s testing is indicating almost every sample has some level of glyphosate in it (and there is no level of that chemical that is allowed), and it turns out, pretty much across the board, urban honeys are cleaner than those from the farm.

Testing isn’t just for the largest beekeeper. Anyone can send in a sample. It takes 5 days and when done, you can claim to have the best honey around and provide the documentation to prove it!

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Podcast music: Young Presidents, "Be Strong", Musicalman, "Epilogue"

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