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The Center for Science and Environment (CSE) has investigated branded honey in the country. Famous brands like Patanjali, Dabur, Baidyanath and Jhandu have failed the honey test. The CSE investigation found 77% adulteration of these companies’ honey. It is learned that sugar has been added to it.

However, Dabur and Patanjali have questioned this investigation. Companies say that the purpose of this investigation is to tarnish the image of our brands and it seems sponsored. The companies claimed that we collect and sell the honey found naturally in India. It is packed without adding sugar or anything else.

The companies said that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) rules and standards are closely taken care of for testing of honey. A Dabur spokesperson said that our honey is 100 percent pure and indigenous. The reports that have come out recently seem to be sponsored.

Conspiracy to bypass millions of farmers- Balkrishna

Acharya Balakrishna, managing director of Patanjali Ayurved said, “It seems a conspiracy to discredit India’s natural honey-making industry so that processed honey can be promoted.” It is a conspiracy to bring processed, artificial, value added honey in place of honey made by millions of rural farmers through village commission and khadi. We make 100% natural honey. It has also met more than 100 standards of FSSAI.

Chinese connection of adulteration in CSE investigation
Investigation revealed that such syrup is being sold on Chinese portals like Alibaba, which can circumvent the test. Chinese companies export these syrups to India in the name of fructose. Evidence of adulteration of this syrup in honey has been found. The CSE has stated that the adulteration found in soft drinks during investigation in 2003 and 2006 is more dangerous than the adulteration of honey. This adulteration is going to harm our health further.

CSE said- Our research showed that honey sold in the market is adulterated. People are consuming more sugar than honey. This has increased the risk of Kovid, as sugar is directly related to obesity. Last year, FSSAI warned importers and state food commissioners that golden syrup, invert sugar syrup and rice syrup are being imported and mixed into honey.

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