1) Laboratory of characterization and valorization of the natural product Faculty of Nature and Life Science, University Elbachir Elibrahimi, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Algeria. 2) Electrochemistry and Materials Laboratory, Ferhat Abbas University, Sétif, Algeria
Abdelouahab Diafat1), Hammoudi Mekhalfi1), Mounira Dehiri1), Abdelmalek Meribai1), Farid Bouaziz1), Ahmed Bahloul2)
The present study aimed to characterize 30 honey samples from Bordj Bou Arreridj region (Algeria) in respect to their floral origins, physicochemical parameters, mineral composition and microbial safety. Mean values obtained for physicochemical parameters were: pH 4.11, 17.17% moisture, 0.0061% ash, 370.57μS cm−1 electrical conductivity, 21.98 meq/kg free acidity, and 9.703 mg/kg HMF. The mineral content was determined by atomic absorption spectrometry. The mean values obtained were (mg/kg): Fe, 7.5714; Mg, 37.68; Na, 186,63; Zn, 3,86; Pb, 0,4869 × 10–3; Cd, 267 × 10–3. Aerobic mesophiles, fecal coliforms and sulphite-reducing clostridia were the microbial contaminants of interest studied. Microbiologically, the honey quality was considered good and all samples showed to be negative in respect to safety parameters. The results obtained for physicochemical characteristics of Bordj Bou Arreridj honey indicate a good quality level, adequate processing, good maturity and freshness.
Keywords: Bordj Bou Arreridj honey, pollen analysis, physicochemical analysis, mineral content, microbial contaminants
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