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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 11  |  Issue: 5  |  Page No.: 797 - 800

Quality Evaluation of Different Honey Samples Produced in Peshawar Valley

Ghazal Mairaj, Saeed Akhtar, Arbab Riaz Khan, Zakir Ullah, Saiqa Bibi and Sajid Ali    

Abstract: The present study was designed to evaluate different honey samples obtained from local market for their quality parameters for assessment of their feasibility for foreign export by comparing it with international standards. The study was conducted at PCSIR laboratories complex, Peshawar, during 2006. The tested samples were evaluated for moisture content, Ash percentage, acid content, HMF and reducing sugars percentage. The moisture content of locally produced honey was in the range of 14.5 to 18.23%. The ash content of locally produced honey samples ranged between 0.047-0.35 which is within the standard limits. The acid content of the honey samples ranged between 19.5 and 38.0 meq kg-1. The HMF contents of locally produced honeys ranged from 5.3 to 23.20 mg kg-1. The content of reducing sugar of the tested samples ranged between 43.14 and 81.40% for the tested samples of locally produced honey. All of the samples were found to be in acceptable range of international standards for all of the tested parameters except for only one sample with lower reducing sugars. These samples were marked to be according to the international standards and are healthy for human consumption.

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