Honey is a natural product that is exposed to various environmental influences as it is produced. Should there be concerns that honey from the region surrounding Munich Airport might be polluted by the exhausts of aircraft engines? To answer that question, Munich Airport has been conducting continuous honey monitoring since 2008 in addition to its longtime biomonitoring program.
Different substances are released in various ways into the air by different emission sources. These substances could harm the bees or accumulate in pollen, wax or honey. Consequently, Munich Airport monitors pollen, wax and honey and also the vitality of the bees. Independent laboratories test for the presence and concentrations of 10 metals and 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
The result: There is no negative impact of the airport on the quality of the pollen, wax or honey and on the vitality of the bees. The test results of the airport honey do not exceed those at the reference area far from the airport (Aichach) and are also below the threshold values of the EU Regulations on maximum levels in foodstuffs.