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Unpasteurized honey can be bad for babies/toddlers, I know.

But sometimes it's not labelled.

Does that mean it's pasteurized? Unpasteurized? Can it be both?

I'm mainly interested in Canadian regulations.

asked 24 Jan '11, 23:50

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I found this link after a quick search stating that is the label does not state raw or unpateurized you can assume the honey is heated (meaning pasteurized).

Q. If a label does not state raw then is the honey heated? Why would the honey need to be heated?

A. If the label does not state "raw" it most likely has been heated. Also very few raw honeys (with some exceptions) are liquid - raw honey will usually granulate within a few weeks.

That being said, according to the Health Canada website, you should not give honey to any baby under the age of 1 year regardless of whether or not it is pateurized.

Honey and Infant Botulism Most honey produced in Canada is not contaminated with the bacteria that can cause infant botulism. Random sampling shows that less than 5% of the honey produced here contains the bacterial spores. When the spores are found in honey, the numbers are usually low. However, even a small number of spores can cause infant botulism in a baby.

This risk is present in both pasteurized and non-pasteurized honey. The process of pasteurizing honey prolongs the shelf-life of the product, but the temperatures used are not high enough to kill the spores that cause infant botulism.

Minimizing Your Risk Parents and caregivers should not give honey to infants who are less than one year old. Even though most honey produced in Canada is not contaminated with the bacteria that causes infant botulism, you are better off playing it safe.

You should never add honey to baby food, or use honey on a soother. If you are looking for a way to quiet a fussy or colicky baby, ask your doctor about some alternative methods.

Contact your doctor if your baby shows any of these symptoms:

•Is too weak to cry or suck as usual;
•Does not have bowel movements and has weak muscles;
•Has a wobbly head because the neck is weak;
•Has weak arms and legs; or
•Is not able to swallow.

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answered 25 Jan '11, 17:13

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edited 25 Jan '11, 17:19

The important part there is 'the temperatures used are not high enough to kill the spores that cause infant botulism.' I was worried about ensuring the honey I find was pasteurized for my 18m-old, but I guess I shouldn't worry.

(26 Jan '11, 14:29) MikeyB
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