oh we are a devious bunch!!!
this may help (but may not)
It isn't possible to remove the bacteria from honey by processing, without caramelising the honey. The British Honey Importers and Packers Association has advised its members to say on honey labels that honey should not be given to babies under 12 months. But this is not compulsory.
or this --Q.
Hello Mary I wanted to ask you--we were talking about cheerios as a snack-- My kids don't like the regular Cheerios so I thought about trying the Honey Nut Cheerios. I noticed they do have honey in them. I know that babies aren't supposed to have honey (processed or otherwise) until they are 1 year old. Do you think that maybe they have such a miniscule amount of honey in them that it wouldn't matter or should I just stay away from them?A.
I was thinking that the honey and sugar coating on Honey Nut Cheerios makes the cereal hard. It may be more of a choking hazard for a little one that does not chew than regular Cheerios.
As far as honey goes, I have done some research into that and the honey that is a risk to little ones is honey that is all natural and not heat treated. Although this is the healthiest type of honey, it does contain spores that can be dangerous to the very young with an underdeveloped digestive system. The Honey Nut Cheerios being cooked would have killed those spores.
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this by no means answers your question definitively...sorry i coudlnt find more reliable references.