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Physicochemical and Sensory Analysis of Commercial Honeys of Apis Mellifera Produced by Cooperative Societies in Mexico City

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Aida Huerta Barrientos *, Laura P. Avila Callejas, Alma E. Vera Morales, Miguel A. Saldaña Cabrera, Eduardo García López, Emiliano Gutiérrez Ayala

Department of Operations Research, Faculty of Engineering, UNAM, 04510, México.

*Corresponding author: Aida Huerta Barrientos


In Mexico, there are different organization and associative figures that group beekeepers nationally as well as locally. An specific kind of social organization for Mexican Beekeepers is the cooperative society figure, which is formed by persons based on common interests and on the principles of solidarity, self-effort and mutual aid, with the purpose of satisfying individual and collective needs, through the performance of economic activities of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services related with beekeeping. In Mexico City, there are three cooperative societies specialized in beekeeping, however, limited information about the quality of commercial honeys of Apis Mellifera that is produced and marketed by such cooperative is limited or does not exist. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to contribute to the knowledge of the quality of commercial honeys of Apis Mellifera that is produced and marketed by cooperative societies in Mexico City, through a sensory and a physicochemical analysis. The color, water content, electrical conductivity, pH, total acidity, free acidity, lactone, and reducing sugars profile as well as the sensory characteristics were analyzed. All tested honey samples were within the Official Mexican Standard and the Codex Alimentations, 2001 limit, except cooperative society 2 honey and cooperative society 3 honey in water content value and cooperative society 1 honey in lactone value. This study concludes that the commercial honey of Apis Mellifera produced and marketed by the three cooperative societies in Mexico City had a good level of quality.


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Physicochemical and Sensory Analysis of Commercial Honeys of Apis Mellifera Produced by Cooperative Societies in Mexico City

How to cite this paper: Aida Huerta Barrientos, Laura P. Avila Callejas, Alma E. Vera Morales, Miguel A. Saldaña Cabrera, Eduardo García López, Emiliano Gutiérrez Ayala. (2020) Physicochemical and Sensory Analysis of Commercial Honeys of Apis Mellifera Produced by Cooperative Societies in Mexico City. International Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 4(3), 338-347.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2020.09.014

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