Archives of Toxicology

, Volume 67, Issue 2, pp 148–150

Poisoning by toxic honey in Turkey


  • Nurhayat Sütlüpmar
    • Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of Istanbul
  • Afife Mat
    • Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of Istanbul
  • Yurdagül Satganoglu
    • Kartal Occupational Diseases Hospital
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DOI: 10.1007/BF01973687

Cite this article as:
Sütlüpmar, N., Mat, A. & Satganoglu, Y. Arch Toxicol (1993) 67: 148. doi:10.1007/BF01973687


One of the food intoxications encountered in Turkey is the case caused by toxic honey made by bees fromRhododendron species.R.luteum andR.ponticum are the two species which grow in the north regions of Turkey. Grayanotoxins, mainly Grayanotoxin I (Andromedotoxin) occurring only in Ericaceae plants, are the compounds responsible for poisoning. In this investigation, the diagnosis and treatment of 11 cases of poisoning admitted to Kartal Occupational Diseases Hospital between 1983 and 1988 are presented. The results of the light microscopic and chemical analysis of toxic honey samples are compared with those of the ordinary honey samples and the extract ofRhododendron leaves.

Key words

Toxic honeyPoisoningRhododendronAndromedotoxinGrayanotoxin

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