Indian Honey Brands Fail the International Honey Purity Tests

by Rashi Shukla

According to a German Lab, ten out of thirteen samples of Indian Honey brands are adulterated. The sugar syrup used for adulterating this honey comes from China.

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Honey is considered a healthy substitute for sugar. Since ancient times it is used even for many medicinal purposes. It is full of antioxidants, strengthens our immune system, and one of the most popular sweeteners in the world. But what if the honey we are using in our home is not pure. According to German Labs, this honey is nothing but a solution of sugar and water and is adulterated. Samples of 13 big and small brands of honey were sent into the lab and the results were shocking. Out of 13, 10 brands failed the test and were found adulterated. The main point here is that these were all the samples that passed the tests in India but failed in Germany.

Some of the known names included in these samples are Dabur, Patanjali, Baidyanath, Zandu Pure, Apis Himalaya, and Hitkari. Surprisingly only three brands passed the test and were found pure Saffola, Markfed Sohna, and Nature’s Nectar. These were the only brands that passed the international standard of pure honey. Another main point that came out of this test was that the sugar syrup that is used for adulterating this honey comes from China. All this information was provided by the Centre for Science (CSC) in a press release. 77% of the samples were impure. According to the post shared by CSC, all the investigation that was carried out on these samples is based on Indian and German study.

As investigated, adulteration cannot be recorded by the Indian standards which are set to check the purity of honey. Because Chinese companies are preparing sugar syrups which are used in the production of honey by these brands easily meet these Indian standards. But the test results in Germany show that 77% of the samples were adulterated by these sugar syrups. In the international NMR testing, only three brands out of thirteen were given clean chit.

As stated by CSC this fraud is more dangerous than adulteration caught in soft drinks in 2003 and 2006. The sugar mixed in honey is dangerous for health. Except for Apis Himalaya, all the other brands passed this test. Some small-scale brands failed the test still only sugar derived from rice and sugarcane were found in these brands. But when these brands were tested in international labs, sugar syrups were found in these honey brands which is very harmful to health.

According to experts, adulteration is not only bad for public health but also for beekeepers. Till 2014-2015 beekeepers were getting good rates for their honey. But recently their price dropped. Also by consuming adulterated honey with such harmful sugar syrup the risk of obesity and other diseases is high.

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