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Study of organic honey from the Northeast Portugal.
Molecules. 2011 Jun 27; 16(7):5374-86.M

Abstract

Concerns about traces of numerous toxic substances and authenticity have prompted consumer demand for honey that is certified as organic, based on strict ecological, natural principles and traceability. The present study aims to characterize organic honey samples (n = 73) from Northeast Portugal, with respect to floral nectar origin, physicochemical parameters and microbial safety. The phenols and flavonoids contents, often referred to as responsible for honey's bioactive properties, were also assessed. All organic honey samples were classified as monofloral lavender (Lavandula sp.), exceeded in quality the international physicochemical standards and showed low microbiological counts (yeast, moulds and aerobic mesophiles), with negative results in respect to fecal coliforms, Salmonella and sulphite-reducing Clostridium spp. Correlation of the palynological, physicochemical and microbiological results is necessary to check the authenticity, quality and sanitation of honey. Although not required by international legislation, results of those assessments provide a complete outlook and elucidation of the organic honey's properties, which could promote its valorisation.

Authors+Show Affiliations

CIMO-Mountain Research Center, Agricultural College of Bragança, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Campus Santa Apolónia, E 5301-855, Bragança, Portugal.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21709620

Citation

Gomes, Teresa, et al. "Study of Organic Honey From the Northeast Portugal." Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), vol. 16, no. 7, 2011, pp. 5374-86.
Gomes T, Feás X, Iglesias A, et al. Study of organic honey from the Northeast Portugal. Molecules. 2011;16(7):5374-86.
Gomes, T., Feás, X., Iglesias, A., & Estevinho, L. M. (2011). Study of organic honey from the Northeast Portugal. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 16(7), 5374-86. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules16075374
Gomes T, et al. Study of Organic Honey From the Northeast Portugal. Molecules. 2011 Jun 27;16(7):5374-86. PubMed PMID: 21709620.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Study of organic honey from the Northeast Portugal. AU - Gomes,Teresa, AU - Feás,Xesús, AU - Iglesias,Antonio, AU - Estevinho,Leticia M, Y1 - 2011/06/27/ PY - 2011/05/25/received PY - 2011/06/17/revised PY - 2011/06/20/accepted PY - 2011/6/29/entrez PY - 2011/6/29/pubmed PY - 2011/10/25/medline SP - 5374 EP - 86 JF - Molecules (Basel, Switzerland) JO - Molecules VL - 16 IS - 7 N2 - Concerns about traces of numerous toxic substances and authenticity have prompted consumer demand for honey that is certified as organic, based on strict ecological, natural principles and traceability. The present study aims to characterize organic honey samples (n = 73) from Northeast Portugal, with respect to floral nectar origin, physicochemical parameters and microbial safety. The phenols and flavonoids contents, often referred to as responsible for honey's bioactive properties, were also assessed. All organic honey samples were classified as monofloral lavender (Lavandula sp.), exceeded in quality the international physicochemical standards and showed low microbiological counts (yeast, moulds and aerobic mesophiles), with negative results in respect to fecal coliforms, Salmonella and sulphite-reducing Clostridium spp. Correlation of the palynological, physicochemical and microbiological results is necessary to check the authenticity, quality and sanitation of honey. Although not required by international legislation, results of those assessments provide a complete outlook and elucidation of the organic honey's properties, which could promote its valorisation. SN - 1420-3049 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21709620/Study_of_organic_honey_from_the_Northeast_Portugal_ L2 - http://www.mdpi.com/resolver?pii=molecules16075374 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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