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

This is, at minimum, what the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claims its investigation has observed. According to the ‘sting’ report, sugar syrup adulteration of honey is rampant in most main and lesser-acknowledged manufacturers.

Sharing the results with media, CSE Director-Basic Sunita Narain reported the investigation observed that the honey offered by 10 out of thirteen manufacturers in Indian marketplaces are adulterated with sugar syrup. A full 22 samples of the thirteen manufacturers were taken for the research.


Nonetheless, main honey manufacturers dismissed the demand, alleging the report is “motivated” and “a plot to defame the Indian natural honey industry”.

Apparently, two several years back, a research by Client Voice, which analyzed 10 top rated honey manufacturers, as well observed that all of them endured from purity and authenticity problems.

The modus operandi

CSE’s investigations also observed how modified sugar syrup was being clandestinely imported into India from China, how honey adulterated with this syrup managed to go checks licensed by the Foodstuff Safety Requirements Authority of India (FSSAI) and, ultimately, how Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) checks managed to expose the adulteration. Apparently, the FSSAI takes advantage of the gold standard NMR check only for testing honey that is exported from India, not for that eaten domestically.

“We make 100 per cent natural honey, which has analyzed pure on a lot more than 100 benchmarks laid down by FSSAI. It appears to be to be a plot to defame India’s natural honey market and suppliers in a bid to advertise processed honey,” reported Acharya Balakrishan, MD, Patanjali Ayurved.

A spokesperson for Dabur India reported: “The current experiences look motivated and aimed at maligning our brand name. We assure our individuals that Dabur Honey is 100 per cent pure…We also assure our individuals that Dabur does not import any honey/syrup from China and our honey is sourced fully from Indian beekeepers.”

A statement from Emami reported its Zandu adheres to all the protocols and high-quality benchmarks laid down by the FSSAI.



Samples of these manufacturers were 1st analyzed at the Centre for Analysis and Learning in Livestock and Foodstuff (CALF) at the Countrywide Dairy Growth Board (NDDB) in Gujarat.

According to the Centre for Science and Environment, nearly all the top rated manufacturers handed the checks of purity, although a few scaled-down manufacturers failed the checks to detect C4 sugar–it is the fundamental adulteration using cane sugar.

“But when the identical manufacturers were analyzed using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) — laboratory checks presently being used globally to test for this sort of modified sugar syrups — nearly all significant and small manufacturers failed. Out of the thirteen manufacturers checks, only three handed the NMR check, which was finished by a specialised laboratory in Germany,” it claimed.

Monitoring down adulteration

The CSE also claimed that it tracked down Chinese trade portals which were marketing fructose syrup that can bypass checks to test adulteration. It also observed that the identical Chinese providers that advertised this fructose syrup that can defeat C3 and C4 checks were also exported to India.

CSE director standard Sunita Narain reported they then carried out an undercover procedure to obtain out a lot more.

“Chinese providers informed CSE that even if fifty-eighty per 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 enterprise as paint pigment to get via customs,” she claimed.

We are consuming honey — a lot more of it to combat the pandemic. But honey adulterated with sugar will not make us well. It will, make us even a lot more susceptible. On the other hand, what must also concern us is that the reduction of bees will lead to a collapse of our foods method — bees are vital for pollination if honey is adulterated, then not only do we lose our overall health, but also the productivity of our agriculture,” she reported.

Narain reported it is time to outwit the organization of adulteration.

“We have to have to bolster enforcement in India via general public testing so that providers are held liable. The federal government must get samples analyzed using state-of-the-art technologies and make this details general public so that individuals are conscious, and our overall health is not compromised. It will also maintain providers liable,” Narain reported.

“Ensure that each and every honey enterprise is essential to trace back the origins of the honey — from the beekeeper to the hive,” she added.