1. 10 out of 13 honey brands fail ‘purity test’, finds CSE investigation.
2. Honey marketed by prominent brands failed a key test of purity, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has claimed, citing an investigation it conducted on various brands of Indian honey.
3. Current regulations specify around 18 parameters that honey must comply with for producers to label it ‘pure honey.’
4. CSE food researchers selected 13 brands of raw and processed honey, including Dabur, Patanjali, Baidyanath and Zandu, and subjected them to tests that are required under national food regulatory laws to be labelled as honey.
5. The CSE investigation also said some Indian companies in the honey business were importing synthetic sugar syrups from China to adulterate honey.
6. Adulteration of honey is a global problem with several countries, including India, devising regulations and new tests to check it.