FSANZ announces plans to extend toxin limits in honey

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 12th October 2010

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has announced plans to extend temporary maximum limits in honey for the neurotoxin tutin, produced by a New Zealand plant called the tutu bush.

Currently, FSANZ allows 2mg of tutin per kilogram of honey, or 1mg per kilogram of comb honey, limits which are due to expire on March 31 2011. FSANZ is recommending an extension of the maximum limits for two years.

New Zealand honey can contain unsafe levels of tutin, as a result of bees foraging on honey dew from passion vine hopper insects, which have in turn fed on the tutu bush.

Comment on the proposal can be submitted to FSANZ by Tuesday November 9.