The Balparmak Guarantee
R&D and QUALITY
Balparmak Science and Research Center (APİLAB) at Balparmak’s Research & Development and Quality Department was founded in 1986. With its expert research team and decades of experience, APİLAB is Turkey’s most comprehensive, and one of Europe’s 4 leading bee-product specific laboratories. APİLAB applies ISO 17025 Laboratory Quality Assurance Systems APİLAB and is endowed with the ISO 17025 international accreditation certificate.
The laboratory’s state-of-the-art technology, which allows it to examine 92 parameters using organoleptic, chemical, instrumental, microscopic and microbiological methods, can perform sensitive analyses at high capacity, thus ensuring the quality and purity of the honey and other bee products procured from Turkey’s many different regions.
To assess the quality and purity of the product, the lab can detect any kind of adulteration in the honey by examining the chemical and physical characteristics such as moisture, acidity, conductivity, color, HMF, proline, enzyme activity, antioxidant activity, phenolic compounds, and sugar profile, as well as perform a C4 sugar analysis using the isotope–ratio mass spectrometry system (IRMS).
The laboratory owns the capability to detect naphthalene and antibiotics (sulfa, tetracycline, aminoglycoside, macrolide, nitrofurantoin, and quinolone antibiotic groups, as well as chloramphenicol) with a sensitivity of one part per billion by performing broad residue analyses.
APİLAB can also determine which plant and which region the honey came from, thus establishing the honey’s origin. To this end, the lab can examine the taste, smell, and texture properties of harvests using the “Descriptive Sensory Analysis Technique” and an aromatic compound analysis, methods developed for the first time in Turkey for use on honey. By applying microscopic methods, the lab can also identify the content of the pollen from flowers that the bees have visited. APİLAB is the first and only laboratory in Turkey endowed with international accreditation.
A 20-person team of experts interprets and report the results obtained at APİLAB. This team is comprised of food and chemical engineers, chemists, biologists, and technicians who have received training abroad. The team ensures the detection of any kind of malpractice, especially in the procurement stage (adulteration, additive, residue, etc.), done to the honey or other bee products.
APİLAB, with its 30 years of experience and extensive body of knowledge, presents its findings in the form of academic papers to the scientific world at both national and international conferences and symposiums.
The Process Underlying the Balparmak Guarantee
Every year during honey season, Balparmak collects preliminary samples from beekeeper harvests in every region of Turkey. APİLAB checks these samples for any kind of malpractice that could be committed during the honey production process, such as feeding the bees sugar, and adding any kind of syrup to the honey, as well as for the presence of residues of antibiotic administered to the bees. When the honey is deemed natural and pure in the analysis, Balparmak takes honey from these beekeepers who use correct production methods. When the various honeys arrive at the Balparmak facility, APİLAB once again subjects them to the same analyses as it did to preliminary samples, in order to ensure conformity. If the lab detects a discrepancy, the company does not purchase the honey. The lab checks the purchased honeys again after they are homogenized. Balparmak subjects every batch of honey that comes through its doors one last time before it is packaged and put on the market. The company documents the test results and content of every batch. Balparmak therefore subjects all products under its brand names to analysis at four stages before offering them to the consumer quality guaranteed.
The Analyzing Force of Balparmak
APİLAB, which is endowed with the ISO 17025 international accreditation certificate, performs approximately 10,000 different chemical, residual, microscopic, microbiological, and organoleptic honey analyses every year. The laboratory also checks the naturalness and purity of other bee products such as royal jelly, pollen and propolis.