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The International Honey Commission (IHC) was formed in 1990 in order to create a new world honey standard. All modern routine honey analysis methods were collaboratively tested and compiled as "Harmonised methods of the European Honey Commission", published in Apidologie, extra issue, 1-59, 1997. Based on these method the Codex Alimentarius Standard and the EU Honey Directive were revised.
Next, the major European unifloral honeys were characterised in a special issue of Apidologie (2004), allowing the international trade with these honeys.
In 2009 the „Harmonised methods“ were updated.
Presently the IHC is chaired by Gudrun Beckh, Germany, co-chairs are Teresa Sancho, Spain and Ligia Bicudo de Almeida Muradian, Brazil.
Current Objectives of the IHC
The specific current objectives of the IHC are
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