Procedure and conditions for ordering the analysis of antibacterial activity of honey:
1. Only a sample of honey in a cup of at least 100 g will be tested.
2. The honey sample can be delivered in person or by post directly to the contact address of the State Veterinary and Food Institute - Veterinary and Food Institute in Bratislava (VFIBA) (see the Contact section).
3. Fill the MIC Test form, which serves as a binding order and contains a solemn declaration, stating the interest in the Certificate and Quality marks, as well as the VFIBA form (pdf available for download below).
4. After the analysis, a report with the result will be issued to the customer.
5. If you are interested in Quality marks and the Honey Laboratory Certificate (stickers on honey jars - GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE).
6. The certificate together with the quality stickers (up to 100 pieces) is an additional service for 15 EUR. Over 100 pieces, each additional sticker costs 0.05 EUR / pc. The costs are borne by the customer and provided by the Honey Laboratory. Samples of honey that do not meet the set quality parameters will not be issued a Certificate.
7. After the analysis, an invoice will be issued to the customer.
Testing honey antibacterial activity by determining the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC)
Determination of the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of honey provides an important measurement for the overall antibacterial efficacy of honey samples. In other words, the MIC represents the lowest possible concentration of the honey sample at which bacterial growth is suppressed / inhibited. The lower MIC value (number), the higher the content of antibacterial compounds and the greater overall antibacterial activity.
Lower MIC number of honey = the greater antibacterial activity of the tested honey
There will be three MIC values expressing the antibacterial potential of honey: 4.5, 9.0 and 18.0. The values reflect the percentage of honey sample solution sufficient to inhibit the bacterial growth of a model bacterial strain - Staphylococcus aureus. The average MIC value of artificial honey (sugars solution only) against model bacterium is 42.5. If the MIC number of honey sample is closer to the MIC of artificial honey, the honey sample is less effective. This may indicate detrimental changes to honey antibacterial potential due to prolonged storage or uncontrolled heating.
Test MIC - 1 sample
Analysis of 1 honey sample
Test MIC - 5 samples
Analysis of 5 honey samples (discount price)
Certificate + Quality Marks (100 pcs)
According to TEST MIC results you can get Certificate with Quality marks from Institute of Molecular Biology SAS, v.v.i.
Additional Quality marks cost 0.05 EUR/ pcs