Our Testing Standards

To be considered authentic honeycomb, we collect sample honey from inside the comb cells should comply with the guidelines set out in the USP/FCC honey standard as well the recommendations set out on the Honey Fraud.

Honey from inside the comb cells, should also be free of any pesticides and herbicides.

As knowledge of the makeup of comb wax is improved, we will revisit these standards to add wax requirements.

Ancient Superfood with Integrity

Don't just take our word for it though... we let the scientists do the talking.

Pass the Honey works with an independent 3rd party lab to confirm Pass the Honey meets our high standards. Introducing, Sweetwater Science Labs. The Sweetwater team ensures our production partners adhere to regenerative apiary practices and that the honeycomb we source is solely from approved regions and producers.

How We Test

Through a chemical methodology called Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), chemists analyze the ingredients and purity of each honeycomb sample, as well as its molecular structure.

For specimens containing known compounds, NMR is used for quantitative analysis. For mixtures of unknown makeup, NMR can reveal details of the basic molecular structure and use the data to identify the compound by cross-referencing libraries of spectral data.

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Ongoing Testing & Analysis

Through ongoing analysis, Sweetwater's team guides us as we source new and unique honeycomb from around the globe, while simultaneously ensuring all new producers comply with Pass the Honey's approved regenerative practices.

If you'd like to know more about NMR or our testing protocols, pass us a note at hello@passthehoney.com.

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