А. Borzov; L. Kovalchuk
Every year, the pace of sales of Ukrainian honey is growing by several tens of percent. Ukraine ranks fifth in the world and the first in Europe in terms of honey production. A timely laboratory analysis (expert research) of honey is a very beneficial and quick procedure, after which it will be possible to verify the quality and safety of this product.
The article deals with both traditional methods and research using modern high-tech laboratory equipment, which in turn can be divided into methods for establishing the qualitative and quantitative chemical composition of honey, as well as determining its regional and plant origin.
The main purpose of the laboratory analysis of honey is the ability to distinguish qualitative and useful honey from cheap and dangerous fake for health and to establish its quality in accordance with the requirements of DSTU (The National Standard of Ukraine) and other regulatory acts of Ukraine.
During the examination of honey to determine its regional and plant origin, a scanning electron microscope «Teskan Vega 3» is used; for the determination of the chemical (element) composition is used the spectrometer of the X-ray energies СЕР-01 «ElvaX 2» as well.