CSE ‘sting’: Most honey brands ‘adulterated with sugar syrup’

This is, at least, what the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) states its investigation

This is, at least, what the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) states its investigation has identified. According to the ‘sting’ report, sugar syrup adulteration of honey is rampant in most important and lesser-regarded brand names.

Sharing the results with media, CSE Director-Common Sunita Narain claimed the investigation identified that the honey bought by ten out of 13 brand names in Indian markets are adulterated with sugar syrup. A full 22 samples of the 13 brand names ended up taken for the examine.


Even so, important honey brand names dismissed the charge, alleging the report is “motivated” and “a plot to defame the Indian natural honey industry”.

Interestingly, two years again, a examine by Purchaser Voice, which analyzed ten leading honey brand names, way too identified that all of them experienced from purity and authenticity issues.

The modus operandi

CSE’s investigations also identified how modified sugar syrup was staying clandestinely imported into India from China, how honey adulterated with this syrup managed to go checks accredited by the Food Safety Expectations Authority of India (FSSAI) and, lastly, how Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) checks managed to expose the adulteration. Interestingly, the FSSAI uses the gold regular NMR examination only for screening honey that is exported from India, not for that consumed domestically.

“We make 100 for every cent natural honey, which has analyzed pure on a lot more than 100 criteria laid down by FSSAI. It appears to be to be a plot to defame India’s natural honey business and companies in a bid to market processed honey,” claimed Acharya Balakrishan, MD, Patanjali Ayurved.

A spokesperson for Dabur India claimed: “The recent experiences look motivated and aimed at maligning our manufacturer. We guarantee our shoppers that Dabur Honey is 100 for every cent pure…We also guarantee our shoppers that Dabur does not import any honey/syrup from China and our honey is sourced completely from Indian beekeepers.”

A statement from Emami claimed its Zandu adheres to all the protocols and good quality criteria laid down by the FSSAI.



Samples of these brand names ended up 1st analyzed at the Centre for Examination and Mastering in Livestock and Food (CALF) at the Nationwide Dairy Advancement Board (NDDB) in Gujarat.

According to the Centre for Science and Environment, nearly all the leading brand names passed the checks of purity, while a couple lesser brand names unsuccessful the checks to detect C4 sugar–it is the essential adulteration working with cane sugar.

“But when the identical brand names ended up analyzed working with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) — laboratory checks at the moment staying made use of globally to check out for these kinds of modified sugar syrups — nearly all major and compact brand names unsuccessful. Out of the 13 brand names checks, only three passed the NMR examination, which was finished by a specialised laboratory in Germany,” it claimed.

Tracking down adulteration

The CSE also claimed that it tracked down Chinese trade portals which ended up promotion fructose syrup that can bypass checks to check out adulteration. It also identified that the identical Chinese providers that marketed this fructose syrup that can conquer C3 and C4 checks ended up also exported to India.

CSE director general Sunita Narain claimed they then executed an undercover operation to locate out a lot more.

“Chinese providers knowledgeable CSE that even if fifty-eighty for every cent of the honey is adulterated with syrup, it would go all stipulated checks. A sample of the syrup that can bypass checks was then sent by the Chinese organization as paint pigment to get by customs,” she claimed.

We are consuming honey — a lot more of it to battle the pandemic. But honey adulterated with sugar will not make us perfectly. It will, make us even a lot more vulnerable. On the other hand, what must also issue us is that the loss of bees will direct to a collapse of our foods system — bees are important for pollination if honey is adulterated, then not only do we shed our health and fitness, but also the efficiency of our agriculture,” she claimed.

Narain claimed it is time to outwit the business enterprise of adulteration.

“We want to reinforce enforcement in India by public screening so that providers are held dependable. The govt must get samples analyzed working with innovative systems and make this information public so that shoppers are mindful, and our health and fitness is not compromised. It will also keep providers dependable,” Narain claimed.

“Ensure that every single honey organization is required to trace again the origins of the honey — from the beekeeper to the hive,” she added.