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12.  The additional compositional criteria set out in the following table apply—E+W+S

CriteriaAmount
Sugar content

1.—(1) Fructose and glucose content (sum of both)—E+W+S

(a)

blossom honey

not less than 60g/100g
(b)

honeydew honey and a blend of honeydew honey with blossom honey

not less than 45g/100g

(2) Sucrose content—

(a)

all honey except for honey specified in paragraph (b) or (c)

not more than 5g/100g
(b)

false acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia) honey, alfalfa (Medicago sativa) honey, Menzies Banksia (Banksia menziesii) honey, French honeysuckle (Hedysarum) honey, red gum (Eucalyptus camadulensis) honey, leatherwood (Eucryphia lucida, Eucryphia milliganii) honey, Citrus spp. honey

not more than 10g/100g
(c)

lavender (Lavandula spp.) honey, borage (Borago officinalis) honey

not more than 15g/100g
Moisture content

2.  Moisture content—E+W+S

(a)

all honey except for honey specified in paragraph (b), (c) or (d)

not more than 20%
(b)

honey from heather (Calluna)

not more than 23%
(c)

baker’s honey except for baker’s honey from heather (Calluna)

not more than 23%
(d)

baker’s honey from heather (Calluna)

not more than 25%
Water-insoluble content

3.  Water-insoluble content—E+W+S

(a)

all honey except pressed honey

not more than 0.1g/100g
(b)

pressed honey

not more than 0.5g/100g
Electrical conductivity

4.  Electrical conductivity—E+W+S

(a)

all honey except for bell heather (Erica) honey, chestnut honey, eucalyptus honey, honeydew honey, lime (Tilia spp.) honey, ling heather (Calluna vulgaris) honey, manuka or jelly bush (Leptospermum) honey, strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) honey and tea tree (Melaleuca spp.) honey

not more than 0.8mS/cm
(b)

blends of honeys to which paragraph (a) applies

not more than 0.8mS/cm
(c)

honeydew honey

not less than 0.8mS/cm
(d)

blends of honeydew honey except blends of that honey with bell heather (Erica) honey, eucalyptus honey, lime (Tilia spp.) honey, ling heather (Calluna vulgaris) honey, manuka or jelly bush (Leptospermum) honey, strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) honey and tea tree (Melaleuca spp.) honey

not less than 0.8mS/cm
(e)

chestnut honey

not less than 0.8mS/cm
(f)

blends of chestnut honey except blends of that honey with bell heather (Erica) honey, eucalyptus honey, lime (Tilia spp.) honey, ling heather (Calluna vulgaris) honey, manuka or jelly bush (Leptospermum) honey, strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) honey and tea tree (Melaleuca spp.) honey

not less than 0.8mS/cm
Free acid

5.  Free acid—E+W+S

(a)

all honey except for baker’s honey

not more than 50 milli-equivalents acid/kg
(b)

baker’s honey

not more than 80 milli-equivalents acid/kg
Diastase activity and hydroxymethylfurfural content

6.  Diastase activity and hydroxymethylfurfural content (HMF) determined after processing and blending—E+W+S

(a)

diastase activity (Schade scale) —

(i)

all honey except baker’s honey and honey specified in sub-paragraph (ii)

not less than 8
(ii)

honey with a low natural enzyme content (e.g. citrus honey) and an HMF content of not more than 15mg/kg

not less than 3
(b)

HMF—

(i)

all honey except baker’s honey and honey specified in sub-paragraph (ii)

not more than 40mg/kg
(ii)

honey of a declared origin from a region with a tropical climate and blends of these honeys

not more than 80mg/kg

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