ATTEMPT TO USE STANDARD MICROBIOLOGICAL AND ENZYMATIC TESTS FOR ANTIBIOTICS IN HONEY
 
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Pol. J. Food Nutr. Sci. 2007;57(Special issue 4C):597–600
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The Delvotest and Penzym are tests for the detection of antibiotics used in Poland in dairy industry. Those tests use minimal equipment (pipettes, incubator or water bath) and can be read visually. The aim of this study was to adapt these tests to detect antibiotics in honey. Investigation included the possibility of application of standard microbiological test Delvotest and enzymatic test Penzym for detection antimicrobial drugs in honey and the optimization the conditions of analysis. The tested material were 20 honey samples. The not-diluted honeys and 20% (m/m) solutions have been tested. The obtained results indicated, that 90% honeys tested with Delvotest were interpreted as positive. Probably the natural antimicrobial substances present in honeys cause, like antibiotics, inactivation the growth of bacteria. Enzymatic test can not be use for not-diluted honeys. The investigation of 20% solutions of honeys indicated that 5 readings were positive. Penzym can be use for detecting antibiotics in honeys.
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