In a shocking event, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claimed major brands in India produce adulterating honey. The names incorporate some of the most prominent industries, including Baidyanath, Zandu, Hitkari, and Apis Himalaya. As per the same study, only Affola, MarkfedSohna, and Nature’s Nectar are the brands that provide 100 percent pure honey.
For the study, CSE selected 13 top brands and some smaller brands that sell processed and raw honey in India to check their purity. The results were unexpected. As per the test, 77 percent of the samples were adulterated with sugar syrup. Moreover, out of the 22 samples checked, just five brands passed the test with flying colors.
The testing commenced Centre for Analysis and Learning in Livestock and Food (CALF) at the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in Gujarat. While most big names passed the test, the smaller brands bombed the test miserably. However, the twist befell when the test was again conducted using NMR — laboratory tests currently being used globally to check for such modified sugar syrups. In Germany’s specialized laboratory test, almost all the brands failed to pass the purity test.
Amit Khurana, program director of CSE’s Food Safety and Toxins team, expressed his grief over the test results. He exclaimed the process of impurity has gone to a different level. The main worry of concern is not about the honey’s adulteration but exposing the impure honey getting failed. Therefore, the brands have used comprehensive technology to pass through the test without getting discovered.
As per the latest developments of the case, Dabur has rejected the allegations of impure honey. According to their statement, they have passed the NMR test.