The flagship brand Honey has sugar syrup, Center for Science and Environment CSE adulteration

Honey sold by several major brands in India has been found to be adulterated with sugar syrup, the environmental watchdog CSE claimed on Wednesday. Food researchers at the Center for Science and the Environment (CSE) made 13 top as well as small brands of processed and raw honey available to test their purity.

In everyone’s shock, CSE found that 77 percent of the samples had adulteration with sugar syrup. Of the 22 samples tested, only five passed all tests. “Dabur, Patanjali, Baidyanath, Jhandu, Hitkari and Apis Himalaya, all failed NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) tests,” the study said. Samples of the shortlisted brands were tested for the first time at the Center for Analysis and Learning in Livestock and Food (CALF) at the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in Gujarat. CSE reported that almost all top brands passed purity tests, while some smaller brands failed tests to detect C4 sugar or basic adulteration using sugarcane sugar.

But while the same brand was tested using NMR laboratory tests, currently being used globally to test modified sugar syrup, almost all big and small brands failed. Of the 13 brands, only three passed the NMR test conducted by a specialized laboratory in Germany. According to the claim, a spokesperson for Emami (Zandu) said, “As a responsible organization, Emami makes sure that her flag is compliant with pure honey and obeys all.” The protocol and quality norms / standards are set by the Government of India and its authorized entities such as FSSAI. “Another well-known brand Dabur also denied the claim.


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