Honey consumers expect that honey is a pure and natural product. The contamination of honey, compared to that of other hive products is relatively small. Residue levels depend on the chemicals used by the beekeeper and on the bee hive environment. In order to keep honey pure the use of synthetic and toxic chemicals should be kept to a minimum. The best way to keep honey pure is to perform organic and ecological beehive management.
On the following diagram the sources of beehive contamination are shown.