January 15, 2021

Honey or Not Honey – Top Brands failed in Test

Honey, a natural product acquired from bees, is blended with sugar syrup acquired from rice, maize, beetroot, and sugarcane, according to the CSE, and passed off as pure, a direct risk to health.

Rampant adulteration in honey sold by major Indian brands such as Dabur, Patanjali, and Emami has been identified in an investigation conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). CSE researchers chose 13 large and smaller producers of processed and uncooked honey purchased in India to measure their purity, according to a Hindu study.

In total, 22 samples were tested, only five of which passed. The CSE reported that 77% of the samples were found to have been adulterated with added sugar syrup. Just three were able to pass the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) examination that was globally accepted.

“It is a food fraud more nefarious and sophisticated than what we found in our 2003 and 2006 investigations into soft drinks; more damaging to our health than perhaps anything that we have found till now – keeping in mind the fact that we are still fighting against a killer pandemic with our backs to the wall. This overuse of sugar in our diet will make it worse,” Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) director general Sunita Narain commented.

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