Re: Lab Testing of Honey
...but you are missing something.
Originally Posted by jim lyon
When testing honey there are two numbers to consider...the LOD (limit of detection...how much has to be present to reliably detect it) and a level that is either illegal, dangerous, or undesirable.
If you have a barrel with 3x the LOD of contamination and pool the sample with 9 barrels that are not contaminated, your test will never show you the one barrel with 3x the LOD.
Pooling samples is a good way to hide a 'bad barrel' in a load (Jim, I'm not implying that you are hiding or trying to hide anything).
It is like being in a class where all the students get the same grade...an average of all the earned grades. How do you tell the good students from the bad students? How do you know if all the students are working at an 'average' level or if some are exceptional and some are struggling? Now decide to hire one of these students...don't you wish you knew what grade that particular student earned?
Again, if the pooled samples are going to be blended before bottling this is less of an issue.
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