AL Khair Honey, one of the largest producers of pure unadulterated honey in South Africa, raises awareness of imported honey.

The Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 (Act 54 of 1972, makes provision for the control over the safety and quality aspects of the sale, manufacture and importation of foodstuffs, as well as of aspects such as labelling.

It prohibits the sale or importation of any foodstuff, including honey, which does not comply with the provisions of the Act. The Act also provides for the irradiation requirements of certain food products, which include honey, and labelling requirements on food products subjected to irradiation measures to ensure consumers are not misled and can make informed choices.

The Directorate: Plant Health and Quality of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is responsible for laying down specific phyto-sanitary requirements for certain products which includes imported honey which needs to be irradiated to prevent the dissemination of the pathogen Bacillus larvae, which causes American Foul Brood Disease.

Any person wishing to import honey into South Africa must first and foremost comply with section 3 (1) of the Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (36/1983) for a Permit for the Importation of Controlled Goods from DAFF subject to conditions laid down by the authority.
Source:  https://www.sabio.org.za/legislation/

Gamma irradiation is a physical technique of food preservation which protects the honey from insects’ and microbial contamination during storage.

‘When honey is heated or irradiated it destroys the bioactive ingredients such as propolis and other anti-oxidants and vitamins,’

Irradiation damages the quality of food.

The free radicals bounce around in the food, damage vitamins and enzymes, and combine with existing chemicals (like pesticides) in the food to form new chemicals, called unique radiolytic products (URPs). … Some are unique to irradiated foods and never studied.
Source: https://www.organicconsumers.org/

Unauthorized honey imports which claimed to be non-irradiated has risks accompanied as the source may be non-official since laws are being broken.

South African honey in itself is regarded as one of the best in the world. It’s vast mountains, meadows and natural reserves produces remarkable honey such as the ‘Buffalo Thorn’ scientifically known as Ziziphus Mucronata of the Rhamanacae family. This is South Africa’s answer to  the renowned SIDR honey which is also from the same family.

Since the legally imported Sidr honeys are irradiated, South Africa’s own Buffalo Thorn is the only similar viable option for its healing benefits. Of course South Africa boasts other nectar such as Fynbos, Aloe, Eucalyptus Bluegum and others.

Buffalo Thorn is in the Al Khair Honey product range and available online at www.thehoney4u.com or on its Instagram account @alkhairhoney

About Al Khair Honey
Since 2002, Al Khair Honey products has maintained it’s highest quality backed by unrivalled service delivery. This has enabled the reputable brand to expand its reach nationally with an effective supplier to stockist/agent channel.
Al Khair Honey is the initiator of the #againstfakehoneycampaign


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