According to a Hindu report, CSE researchers chose 13 high and smaller manufacturers of processed and uncooked honey being bought in India to test their purity. Samples of these brands were first tested at the Centre for Analysis and Learning in Livestock and Food (CALF) at the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in Gujarat.
In the test, 22 samples were tested of which only five passed. CSE said 77 per cent of the samples were found to be adulterated with addition of sugar syrup and only three could pass the internationally accepted Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) test.
“Honey samples from leading brands such as Patanjali, Dabur, Baidyanath, Zandu, Hitkari and Apis Himalaya, all failed the NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) test,” the study said.
Among big brands, only Marico’s Saffola Honey, Markfed Sohna and Nature’s Necta cleared all the tests. On the other hand, smaller brands failed laboratory tests for both Indian and foreign standards.
The CSE investigation also said some Indian companies in the honey business were importing synthetic sugar syrups from China to adulterate honey.