Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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Sweet Things, Adulterated

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

Spanish lavender honey was found to be from a different botanical source.

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Honey is a popular item for adulteration, and honey with a specific botanical source is seen as a more valuable product. The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority took samples of organic Spanish lavender honey in a Czech supermarket, and analyzed the pollen. The analysis showed that the honey was from alternative botanical sources and certainly not lavender.


  1. Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (May 2, 2019). “Med z mořské levandule BIO tekutý”.


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