ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Several major brands are taking a stance against honey fraud and adulteration by sourcing 100 percent of the honey used in their products from True Source Honey™ certified suppliers. Honey Stinger, Droga Chocolates and Unilever's Hellmann's are the first brands to earn the Made With True Source Honey™ certification from NSF International.
Makers of food, personal care and over-the-counter products can show their commitment to responsible honey sourcing by selecting honey suppliers that have earned independent certification to the True Source Honey protocol. This voluntary, third-party testing and certification program traces honey all the way back to the hive so wholesale buyers and consumers can be confident about the origin and authenticity of honey as well as its compliance with U.S. and international trade laws.
"Honey is easily adulterated and consumers are understandably concerned," said Steve Taormina, Business Unit Manager for NSF International's Consumer Values Verified Program. "The True Source Honey certification helps honey suppliers to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to responsible honey sourcing and reassures consumers that the honey is not fraudulent/adulterated and the country of origin on the label is correct."
True Source Honey certification combines rigorous third-party audits with active third-party sampling and container shipment oversight to trace honey to its origin. Made With True Source Honey certification verifies that 100 percent of the honey used in a product is True Source Honey certified. Products seeking certification must demonstrate compliance through a document review and facility inspection.
The Made With True Source Honey certification mark can be found on products from the following brands:
- Droga Chocolates – Droga's Money on Honey, a unique line of wildflower honey caramel treats. Flavors include Dark Chocolate French Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Roasted Peanut, Dark Chocolate Crispy Brown Rice, and the new Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut Almond, winner of the 2018 sofi™ Gold Award for best chocolate candy.
- Honey Stinger – Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Protein Bar, Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Protein Bar, Dark Chocolate Mint Almond Protein Bar, Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry Almond Protein Bar, Peanut Butta Protein Bar, Rocket Chocolate Energy Bar, Peanut Butter n' Honey Energy Bar, Berry Banana Buzz Energy Bar, Organic Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Cracker n' Nut Butter Snack Bar, Organic Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Cracker n' Nut Butter Snack Bar, and Organic Cashew Butter & Milk Chocolate Cracker n' Nut Butter Snack Bar
- Hellmann's – Hellmann's Real Ketchup made with honey and Best Foods Real Ketchup made with honey
NSF International is an independent, global organization that facilitates the development of standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. With operations in more than 175 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.
NSF International provides food expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, including agriculture, animal feed and welfare, produce, processing, distribution, dairy, seafood, quality management software, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative, foodservice equipment and nonfood compounds certification, HACCP validation and inspection, label claims verification and certification, DNA and food package testing, product and process development, and organic and Certified Transitional certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI). Separately, we offer expert consulting and training, including food fraud services.
Thomas Frey, APR
SOURCE NSF International