Honey: Adulteration and Impurities

HoneyGate: Fake Honey, Adulterated with Low-Cost Sugar

Honey is the third most adultrated food item in the world.

Premise

Indian Context

All ten of them including brands like Dabur, Patanjali, Zandu etc failed the tests.

Only Hitkari didn’t have any antibiotics.

Quantity became more important than quality.

Added Sugars

The International Standards For C4 Sugars

This translates into an international benchmark of 7% of C4 sugar to consider a honey sample pure.

EA IRMS — Easy and fast isotopic ratios

Although, Zandu also didn’t clear some of the other tests.

Parameters By FSSAI

How to Differentiate in Fake and Real Honey?

1) Stickiness Test

2) Thickness Test

3) Aroma Test

4) Heating Test

5) Dissolution Test

6) Bread test

7) Pollens

Other Regulations

Agmark Logo

Grading System

No brand other than Khadi had mentioned grade on the packing among the ten tested.

Packaging Requirement:

Conclusion

References

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I am working as a Manager, Strategy & Operations at Four Pursuits, which is a social impact incubator

Four Pursuits Ventures

Four Pursuits Ventures is an incubator for people and ideas that have the potential and passion to bring the social transformation towards a more just, equitable and hospitable world.