From the HBD Archive
Subject: honey and bacteria
Date: 1990-04-03 19:58:47 GMT

"Doug," in #389 quoted from a reference text on honey and beehives, and
indicated information as to the antibacterial properties of honey. It is
my understanding that honey can contain a bacteria which has been known
to be fatal to children under the age of two years. Being a father, I
was aware of this and forbid my child from having honey for the first two
years. The presence of this bacteria (pointed out in the baby books)
suggests that anti-bacterial properties of honey are only partial. In any
case, I don't think there is anything to lose by boiling honey during the
mead- or beer-making process.


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