Honey may contain spores of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. They can occur as natural contaminants in honey. Pollen, the digestive tract of the honeybee, dust, air, earth and nectar or, if necessary, feed materials for bees are considered as a source of contamination.
Honey is a more or less “raw” natural product that is processed as little as possible to preserve the natural and valuable ingredients of honey. However, this can also go hand in hand with the fact that these spores can still be present in food honey. This is not a problem for people with healthy intestinal flora. In infants, on the other hand, the intestinal flora has not yet developed to the point that germs such as clostridia can be kept at bay. In this case, the spores can germinate and possibly lead to a life-threatening illness.
For children over one year of age and for adults, honey is usually not dangerous to consume. If you are unsure whether you can enjoy honey (or other raw foods) without worries, we recommend to consult a doctor. A final assessment can only be made by a medical professional.