This is a question that we get asked a lot here at Australian Honey. And the answer is, unfortunately, that we just don’t know.
Botulism is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning that can be caused by eating contaminated food. Honey is a common source of botulism contamination, as it can contain the bacteria that causes the illness.
While there have been no reported cases of botulism in Australia, it is possible that the honey produced here could contain the bacteria. This is because honey is a natural product and is not subject to the same level of regulation as other food products.
If you are concerned about the possibility of botulism in honey, the best thing to do is to buy honey that has been certified by a reputable organisation. This will give you some assurance that the honey has been produced to a high standard and is unlikely to contain the bacteria.
If you do buy honey that is not certified, you should check the label carefully to make sure that it has been packed in a clean and sterile environment. You should also make sure that the honey is not past its expiration date.
If you are still concerned about the possibility of botulism in honey, you can contact your local health department for more information.