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  1. #1
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    Default Is old honey poisonous to bees?

    I had never heard of this idea before today. I was reading a report from the US Dept. of Agriculture about the health/poison effects of different types of sugars on bees. In the middle was this statement:

    "Bailey also found that 8-year-old honey had dysenteric effects much like poisonous sugars: an absorption peak matching hydroxymethyl furfural correlated with toxicity of old honey and of acid-hydrolyzed syrups."

    Has anyone else heard of this before?

    http://www.sugarindia.com/invert_syrup_honey_bee.htm
    Last edited by Jeanette; 01-06-2013 at 09:59 PM. Reason: forgot to add link to report
    Jeanette
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    Default Re: Is old honey poisonous to bees?

    Just a wild guess - no replies to the thread means that no-one else has heard of this before either. It did sound a little unusual.
    Jeanette
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    Default Re: Is old honey poisonous to bees?

    HMF build up as honey gets heated and as it gets older and HMF is poisonous to bees. That doesn't mean it will kill them, but it may give them dysentery and in the middle of winter that can kill them.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Is old honey poisonous to bees?

    Thanks for the explanation, Michael.
    Jeanette
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