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Most honey brands in India contain antibiotics: CSE study

NEW DELHI: Most of the honey brands in India consist varying amounts of antibiotics and their consumption over time could induce resistance to antibiotics, lead to blood-related disorders and injury to the liver, according to a study carried out by the Centre for Science and Environment(CSE).

The study busts the myth that commercially produced honey is a natural and pure product. For the study, 12 samples were picked, all well known brands including one each from Australia and Switzerland. Ms Sunita Narain, director, CSE, said, “Other than a single brand, Hitkari Honey, all were found to contain multiple antibiotics. While there are no standards for antibiotics in India, the honey samples would have failed the standards set for export by the Export Inspection Council. The two foreign brands also do not meet their own domestic standards.”
Antibiotics are widely used by beekeepers. Honey in India is regulated under three legislations that include prevention of food adulteration rules, 1955, Bureau Of Indian Standards and AGMARK.
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