新聞稿 2018年7月17日

香港消費者委員會發現稀釋的蜂蜜
Hikiän一直密切關注香港有關蜂蜜樣品的最新消息,他們從各種樣品中發現了植物糖和抗生素。例如他們在麥盧卡蜂蜜中找到其他甜味劑,香港消費者委員會表示。這些甜味劑是從糖漿到植物糖的任何東西。還了解到香港消費者委員會在蜂蜜樣品中發現會損害人體生育能力並導致癌症的抗生素殘留。 (https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2155524/hk1300-jar-manuka-honey-diluted-plant-sugar-says)🚩

Hikiän希望明確表示將蜂蜜與糖漿或植物糖混合是完全不可接受的。而且在任何情況下都不應使用抗生素。消費者値得知道他們的產品是由什麼製造的以及在什麼地方製造的。

自從我們的旅程開始,我們在Hikiän專注於不受任何其他物質影響的純蜂蜜。我們非常自豪地說,您不會從我們的產品中找到抗生素,除害劑或植物糖。我們所有的產品都是在芬蘭生產的。

我們希望向客戶開放我們所做的一切。 Hikiän在第三方實驗室測試了蜂蜜,結果是沒有除害劑,也沒有植物糖。您可以在2017年11月22日的新聞稿中找到測試結果(http://www.hikian.com/press-releases.html)。

Hikiän產品中沒有抗生素。事實上,如果你以正確的方式對待蜜蜂,就沒有必要使用抗生素。 Hikiän也在有機認證的過程中,包括來自地方機構的定期檢查。我們很自豪地說,我們將在2018年秋季獲得有機認證。

Hikiän將蜂箱保持在野生森林之中,因此收集蜂蜜的景觀盡可能純淨和乾淨。非常大的好處是,相對污染而言芬蘭總體來説非常清潔。事實上,芬蘭是世界上最乾淨的國家,EPI得分為90.68(https://improb.com/top-cleanest-countries-in-the-world/)。

Hikiän生蜂蜜是純淨、乾淨和100%來自芬蘭的蜂蜜。

Hikiän,BeeAround Ay,聯繫人:
常務董事
Reko Nieminen
電話+358 40 570 7951
info@hikian.com

🚩出處「《選擇》月刊 501 期」:
“2013年7月本會刊登了蜂蜜測試報告,引起廣泛的關注和報道,近年本會收到不少消費者要求再測試蜂蜜產品。有見及此,是次測試了45款常見的預先包裝蜂蜜及麥蘆卡蜂蜜產品樣本的抗生素及除害劑殘餘量、糖分攙雜、產地分析、一般品質,及麥蘆卡蜂蜜的抗菌活性。結果發現有2款蜂蜜檢出多種抗生素,11款檢出除害劑,而在7款攙雜糖分的樣本中,攙糖比例最嚴重者高達85%!

傳統的糖分成分分析只能測試蜂蜜內不同的糖分的含量,例如蔗糖、葡萄糖和果糖, 但不能測試這些糖分是否天然存在於蜂蜜 內,或是加入的外來糖。本會委託的化驗所運 用CODEX的蜂蜜標準內建議的AOAC 998.12 檢測方法,分析樣本是否攙雜碳4植物糖,並 運用已驗證的新測試技術,分析樣本是否攙 雜碳3植物糖。

結果發現有6款一般蜂蜜和3款麥蘆卡 蜂蜜檢出攙雜糖分。相比2013年的測試發現 6款一般蜂蜜有攙雜糖分,是次測試同樣有6 款,情況仍有待改善。”

Hikiän Raw Honey stands out as clean and pure honey

Hikiän have been following closely the latest news from Hong Kong about honey samples where they found plant sugar and antibiotics from various samples. Hong Kong consumer council has told that they have found for example other sweeteners from manuka honey. These sweeteners were anything from syrup to plant sugar. It was also discovered that Hong Kong consumer council found antibiotic residues from honey samples that can damage persons fertility and cause cancer. (https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2155524/hk1300-jar-manuka-honey-diluted-plant-sugar-says)

Hikiän wants to be clear with the statement that it is totally unacceptable to mix honey with syrup or plant sugar. Also antibiotics should not be used in any case. Consumers deserves to know what their products are made of and where it was manufactured.

Since the beginning of our journey we at Hikiän have focused on pure honey that has no impact from any other substances. We are really proud to say that you will not find antibiotics, pesticides or plant sugar from our products. All our products are made in Finland.

We have wanted to be open to our customers about everything we do. Hikiän has tested honey in third party laboratory with the result that there are no pesticides and no plant sugar in them. You will find test results from press release of 22nd of November 2017 (http://www.hikian.com/press-releases.html).

There are no antibiotics in Hikiän products. In fact, there is no need to use antibiotics at all with bees if you treat them in a correct way. Hikiän is also under the Organic certification process which includes regular check-ups from local council. We are proud to say that we will be Organic certified in autumn 2018.

Hikiän keeps the beehives in the middle of the wild forests so the landscape where the honey is collected from is as pure and clean as possible. Great benefit is also that Finland is overall very clean country what becomes to pollution. In fact Finland is the cleanest country on earth with EPI score of 90,68  (https://improb.com/top-cleanest-countries-in-the-world/).

Hikiän raw honey is pure, clean and 100% honey from Finland.

Hikiän, BeeAround Ay, Contact person:
Managing Director
Reko Nieminen
Phone +358 40 570 7951
info@hikian.com

 

Gulfood Innovation Awards 2018 finalist

These are very exciting times for Hikiän. We have just received information that Hikiän raw honey has been shortlisted for the Gulfood Innovation Awards 2018. This means that out of so many other great products Hikiän was chosen into finals. Judges has chosen only 4 products into the finals and Hikiän was one of them. This is amazing result because as you may know Gulfood is massive show. There are over 5000 exhibitors and 97 000 attendees from 185 different countries.

Outstanding from the crowd is not easy so we are truly happy that judges has also noticed that there is something very special in Hikiän Raw Honey.  And there really is. It is the only honey that is non-gmo, free from pesticides and has HMF level of 3,3 which is outstanding.  One of the great things of the product is also that it has been packed not just into a glass jar but special violet glass jar which prevents the harmful part of UV-light to get into the jar. This helps to keep the product fresh longer.

Hikiän Raw Honey is coming from Finland where the winter is quite long and cold. This means that we only have 8 weeks long season every year and production is very much relying on those 2 months. Therefore the production is and will always be limited.

Now we can only wait and see how much judges will value these features when deciding about the winner in the Gulfood Innovation Awards 2018. Come and meet us if you visit the show and taste Hikiän Raw Honey.  Our stand is located in Sheikh Saeed Hall, S2_E50.

See you soon in Dubai,
Team Hikiän

How to use Propolis and what is it for?

Hikiän Propolis is known for it´s ability to kill bad bacteria. It is commonly used to treat flu and sore throat. However you may also use it on to your skin.  Many people have found Hikiän Propolis useful to heal acne, eczema and skin burns. There are over 300 studies on Propolis´ effects on cancer and tumours too.

How to use Propolis? You may mix it into a glass of water by adding 10-30 drops of Hikiän Propolis into it. Some people like to use Propolis as it is and they take 1 or 2 drops directly into their mouth. We recommend to mix the propolis with water because then the taste of it is not too strong.

How to use propolis for skin problems? You simply put 1-15 drops on your skin and then rub gently. Avoid water contact to your skin at least couple of hours that you will not wash the propolis away. Let propolis stay in your skin as long as possible to achieve best results.

Hikiän Propolis was attending Natural and Organic products awards last year in Hong Kong. The result from the awards was amazing as Hikiän Propolis won the award of Outstanding Natural/Organic Product. This award was an honour and truly clear sign that someone else has also noticed the greatness in Hikiän Propolis too.

Why you shouldn’t give honey to babies, when it is so good for children

It may seem strange to think that natural raw honey can be bad for babies, when it is so very good for children. Here at Hikiän we live, breathe and of course, eat honey, so we thought it would be a good idea to explain why a natural product can have such a contradictory reputation.

Avoiding infant botulism – our childrens health is important

It seems that today, we live in such a cautious society, so when we are new parents, we are ultra-protective of our newborn children. We’ve heard you shouldn’t give honey to babies, but many of you may not know why. As a consequence, that caution can extend longer than necessary. After all, if you don’t know why you shouldn’t give honey to babies, how would you know when it is safe to give it to older children?

For your peace of mind, is widely accepted that you should not give honey to infants who are under 12 months of age, as indicated by the UK’s National Health Service. Once your children have reached their first birthday, it is perfectly safe to give them natural, raw honey.

So why shouldnt you give honey to babies?

As you probably know, newborns and infants have a very weak immune system, which makes them more susceptible to disease and infection. As babies grow, at the age of around two months they begin to develop their own immune system, having previously relied on antibodies obtained from their mother’s milk and introduced into their bodies via the placenta prior to birth. However, until the age of one, a baby’s defence system against disease, infection and bacteria is still weak and underdeveloped.

The connection with honey relates to the fact that honey, and especially raw natural honey, can contain spores of the naturally occurring bacteria, Clostridium botulinum (C botulinum), which can cause infant botulism, a potentially fatal disease resulting from muscle paralysis caused by a bacterial toxin.

Cases of infant botulism are extremely rare

When advising you not to give your baby honey, please don’t think that every jar of honey has botulism spores in it. That is not the case, but because the C botulinum bacteria is more usually found in dust and soil, and bees also come into contact with soil, there is always the possibility of cross contamination, and it is that possibility you are guarding against. With a population of over 323 million people, there are less than 100 annual cases of infant botulism in the USA, and not all of those were caused by honey. By comparison, the population of Finland is only 5.5 million!

Why natural raw honey is good for children its not all about sugar!

Yes, honey is a wonderful and natural form of sugar, but did you know that natural raw honey includes three different forms of sugar, glucose, sucrose and fructose, all of which are digested differently. While you may get a ‘sugar hit’ and instant energy boost when you take refined sugar, raw honey also contains fructose, which is more slowly broken down by the body, so the energy benefits last longer. A less-well-known fact about honey is both the number and level of vitamins it contains, as you will see from below.

Nutrition Value per 100 g Nutrition Value per 100 g
Water 17 g Energy 304 kcal
Protein 0.3 g Carbohydrate 82.4 g
Sugars 82.12 g Fiber 0.2 g
Calcium 6 mg Iron 0.42 mg
Magnesium 2 mg Phosphorous 4 mg
Potassium 52 mg Sodium 4 mg
Zinc 0.22 mg Vitamin C 0.5 mg
Riboflavin 0.03 mg Niacin 0.12 mg
Vitamin B-6 0.024 mg Folate 2 ug

(Source, US National Nutrient Database)

Honey also has excellent healing properties beyond the ever-popular treatment for tickly coughs and sore throats. It is known to be beneficial for the liver, and has been included in cultural medicine for many ancient civilisations, including the Greeks, Romans, Aztecs and Mayans.

Raw natural honey is used in many homeopathic medicines, but as with anything you choose to take for medicinal purposes, it is always recommended you seek advice from a qualified physician.

If you have any questions relating to honey, how we produce our raw Finnish honey, or any of its beneficial properties, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

What´s in your honey?

Joanna / Healthy Seoul blog

Meet Joanna, a holistic nutritionist from Canada. She has spent several years in Seoul and wanted to make the most of it with a touch of yoga and healthy nutrition choices. She was originally graduated from University of Guelph in Canada but quickly learned that she wanted to learn something else too. Then she found herself from Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto and she was also studying Clinical Iridology at the same time.  All this education has given her lot of knowledge of nutrition from various point of views.

We were thrilled to see that she posted a long informative post about Hikiän raw honey. Blog post What´s in your honey? is including lot of information about anti-microbial activity, anti-oxidant effects and healing effects of honey too. To read the complete article step into Joannas blog Healthy Seoul. 

We will now gather together with our families to spend holidays.
Merry Christmas,

Team Hikiän

Hikiän Raw Honey is now Halal Certified

Halal Certification was admitted to Hikiän Raw Honey 11th of December by The Islamic Society of Finland. Certification was signed by Imam Mohamad Anas Hajjar. You may look at the actual certification here.

Hikiän applied Halal Certification to certify production methods and add more knowledge to customers about Hikiän products. Certification will be valuable for customers who wants to be sure that production is following Halal certificated methods. Halal certification has now been added to Hikiän website.

 

The shortest day of the year is today

Today is the shortest day of the year. This means that in Hikiä (name of the village where our bees are located) we only get day light around 5 hours today. Sunrise was this morning at 9:30am and sunset will already be at 15:07pm. Very northern part of Finland does not get sun light at all today.  We call this magical moment as polar night. These days are full of mystery, magic and excitement. Christmas is just around the corner and we are already celebrating that tomorrow we will get few minutes more day light than today. Bees are hibernating during these days and waiting summertime which is one step closer tomorrow. 

We are spending these darker days mostly around fire places, drinking tea and wearing self made wool socks. Here in Finland it is really common to enjoy tea with honey to get natural sweetener for tea. Have you already tried this combo?

Have a wonderful Polar night tonight,

Team Hikiän

Traditional beekeeping for perfect, natural Finnish honey

For over 80 years members of my family have been keeping bees, and the skills learned by my grandfather, Martti, have been passed down through the generations, each of us learning a little more and adding to the traditional way of keeping bees. Today, Kiia, who also happens to be the Southern Finland Beekeeping Association Chairperson, and I are solely responsible for the farm that my grandfather started all those years ago.

We are blessed with an almost perfect environment here in southern Finland – there is no pollution and there is an abundance of natural woodland and flora. Our bee hives are located in the same farm my grandfather started, set deep in the forest, surrounded only by nature – the perfect setting for perfect natural honey.

Photo by Toni Forssel

Our traditions extend to only ever using wood for our bee hives and bee keeping is very much in our blood. We look after our bees in the same way a dog lover looks after their dog, or a rider looks after their horse. Bees are such a precious element of our ecology and environment, and we take great pride in ensuring their protection and wellbeing. It is a scary thought that without bees, we would lose so much of the food we take for granted, and especially so many of the fruits we eat. It is believed that Albert Einstein once said that without bees the world would starve within a couple of years – this is a myth and he did not say that, but there is an element of truth to the words all the same. We would certainly have to make drastic changes to our diets, that’s for sure.

Of course, the environment in Finland can be very harsh where temperatures here can drop to as low as -30oC. As bees will hibernate in their hives, we do give them a little bit of a helping hand by adding EPS insulation solely to the roof to help them retain heat – but that is the only man-made intervention we allow in our traditional bee keeping practises.

Come springtime and as flowers begin to blossom once again, so the bee gets back to work. We are so fortunate to have our hives in a location where there is no reliance of bees on any single crop – too much reliance on one crop for pollen can have a tremendous influence on the taste of honey. Instead there are a wide range of nectar sources for our bees, including willow, blueberry, Heather, lingonberry, dandelion, willow herb and raspberry. Some years there can be subtle changes in the flavour of our natural honey depending on the abundance of one flower over another, but much as the way a sommelier can identify which region a specific wine comes from, exactly the same can be applied to honey.

– Reko, Managing Director