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CSE investigation 10 out of 13 honey brands fail purity test


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  • Honey marketed by prominent brands failed a key test of purity, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has claimed, citing an investigation it conducted on various brands of Indian honey.
  • Current regulations specify around 18 parameters that honey must comply with for producers to label it ‘pure honey.’

 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)

 

  • Non-Profit organisation
  • Based in New Delhi
  • Established in 1980
  • CSE works as a think tank on environment-development issues in India

 

Food Adulteration

 

  • It can be defined as the practice of adulterating food or contamination of food materials by adding few substances which are collectively called the adulterants.
  • Adulterants are the substance or poor quality products added to food items for economic and technical benefits. Addition of these adulterants reduces the value of nutrients in food and also contaminates the food, which is not fit for consumption.
  • These adulterants can be available in all food products which we consume daily, including dairy products, cereals, pulses, grains, meat, vegetables, fruits, oils, beverages etc.

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