May 23, 2024


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CSE ‘sting’: Most honey brands ‘adulterated with sugar syrup’

This is, at the very least, what the Centre for Science and Atmosphere (CSE) claims its investigation has found. According to the ‘sting’ report, sugar syrup adulteration of honey is rampant in most significant and lesser-recognized brand names.

Sharing the conclusions with media, CSE Director-General Sunita Narain claimed the investigation found that the honey sold by ten out of 13 brand names in Indian markets are adulterated with sugar syrup. A total 22 samples of the 13 brand names had been taken for the review.

Nevertheless, significant honey brand names dismissed the charge, alleging the report is “motivated” and “a plot to defame the Indian organic honey industry”.

Apparently, two many years back again, a review by Shopper Voice, which tested ten best honey brand names, too found that all of them suffered from purity and authenticity difficulties.

The modus operandi

CSE’s investigations also found how modified sugar syrup was currently being clandestinely imported into India from China, how honey adulterated with this syrup managed to move tests accredited by the Foods Security Expectations Authority of India (FSSAI) and, finally, how Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) tests managed to expose the adulteration. Apparently, the FSSAI works by using the gold regular NMR exam only for tests honey that is exported from India, not for that consumed domestically.

“We make a hundred for every cent organic honey, which has tested pure on additional than a hundred standards laid down by FSSAI. It looks to be a plot to defame India’s organic honey industry and companies in a bid to market processed honey,” claimed Acharya Balakrishan, MD, Patanjali Ayurved.

A spokesperson for Dabur India claimed: “The recent experiences appear enthusiastic and aimed at maligning our brand name. We guarantee our customers that Dabur Honey is a hundred for every cent pure…We also guarantee our customers that Dabur does not import any honey/syrup from China and our honey is sourced completely from Indian beekeepers.”

A statement from Emami claimed its Zandu adheres to all the protocols and high quality standards laid down by the FSSAI.



Samples of these brand names had been 1st tested at the Centre for Evaluation and Understanding in Livestock and Foods (CALF) at the Nationwide Dairy Advancement Board (NDDB) in Gujarat.

According to the Centre for Science and Atmosphere, just about all the best brand names passed the tests of purity, whilst a handful of lesser brand names failed the tests to detect C4 sugar–it is the fundamental adulteration working with cane sugar.

“But when the very same brand names had been tested working with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) — laboratory tests currently currently being utilized globally to test for this sort of modified sugar syrups — just about all major and little brand names failed. Out of the 13 brand names tests, only three passed the NMR exam, which was accomplished by a specialised laboratory in Germany,” it claimed.

Tracking down adulteration

The CSE also claimed that it tracked down Chinese trade portals which had been promoting fructose syrup that can bypass tests to test adulteration. It also found that the very same Chinese providers that marketed this fructose syrup that can conquer C3 and C4 tests had been also exported to India.

CSE director normal Sunita Narain claimed they then carried out an undercover operation to obtain out additional.

“Chinese providers knowledgeable CSE that even if 50-80 for every cent of the honey is adulterated with syrup, it would move all stipulated tests. A sample of the syrup that can bypass tests was then sent by the Chinese organization as paint pigment to get as a result of customs,” she claimed.

We are consuming honey — additional of it to fight the pandemic. But honey adulterated with sugar will not make us effectively. It will, make us even additional susceptible. On the other hand, what should really also concern us is that the loss of bees will direct to a collapse of our foodstuff process — bees are significant for pollination if honey is adulterated, then not only do we shed our wellbeing, but also the efficiency of our agriculture,” she claimed.

Narain claimed it is time to outwit the company of adulteration.

“We need to have to reinforce enforcement in India as a result of public tests so that providers are held accountable. The authorities should really get samples tested working with advanced systems and make this info public so that customers are aware, and our wellbeing is not compromised. It will also hold providers accountable,” Narain claimed.

“Ensure that each honey organization is demanded to trace back again the origins of the honey — from the beekeeper to the hive,” she included.