10 out of 13 honey brands fail purity tests

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10 out of 13 honey brands fail purity tests

Honey marketed by 10 out of 13 prominent brands failed purity tests conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

CSE food researchers selected 13 brands of raw and processed honey, including Dabur, Patanjali, Baidyanath and Zandu, and subjected them to purity tests that are required under national food regulatory laws to be labelled as honey.

The CSE investigation also said some Indian companies in the honey business were importing synthetic sugar syrups from China to adulterate honey. Adulteration which is a serious problem globally, also destroyed the livelihoods of bee-keepers who found it unprofitable to make pure honey because sugar-syrup honey was often available at half the price, according to CSE.

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