Twitter today is dominated with tweets under the hashtag ‘#Honey’.
Why #Honey is trending on Twitter?
Honey sold by several major brands in India has been found adulterated with sugar syrup, the environment watchdog CSE claimed Wednesday. An investigation by the Centre of Science and Environment, released in Delhi on December 2, has revealed nefarious adulteration in honey designed to bypass purity tests in India and massive implications for the health of Indians.
They found 77 percent of the samples adulterated with the addition of sugar syrup. Out of the 22 samples checked, only five passed all the tests.
“Honey samples from leading brands such as Dabur, Patanjali, Baidyanath, Zandu, Hitkari and Apis Himalaya, all failed the NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) test,” the study said.
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.
According to the Centre for Science and Environment, almost all the top brands passed the tests of purity, while a few smaller brands failed the tests to detect C4 sugar–it is the basic adulteration using cane sugar.
“But when the same brands were tested using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) laboratory tests currently being used globally to check for such modified sugar syrups almost all big and small brands failed. Out of the 13 brands tests, only three passed the NMR test, which was done by a specialised laboratory in Germany,” it claimed.
Followed by the claim by CSE, Twitterati has been outrageous against the honey brands in India specially Patanjali, as it claims to be a homegrown brand without any adulteration.
Here are the reactions of the netizens:
It is not just politicians who take us for a ride!
— Dr. Syeda Uzma (@sane_indian) December 3, 2020
Shocking bitter truth has emerged about the adulteration of #Honey by #Indian brands! A study by Centre for Science & Environment (CSE) has shown that most of the top brands sell adulterated #Honey containing synthetic sugar syrups, which has potential long term health issues.
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) December 3, 2020
— Anand Sreenivasan (@AndySreenivasan) December 3, 2020
So Mr Patanjali was not only selling adulterated honey, horror of horrors, he was selling anti national adulterated honey using Chinese Fructose. At least he could have adulterated using Indian fructose syrup. Kadi Ninda. 😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑#JustSaying #Honey
— Prosenjit Datta (@ProsaicView) December 3, 2020
10 of India’s top 13 brands for #honey have failed the purity test. We’re all having sugar in the name of honey. Had this fear all along but this report is an eye-opener!
— Priyanka Sharma Pahwa (@PriyankaSh25) December 3, 2020
Guess what @FitTuber told this before an month that Dabur, Patanjali, Emami and many other honey brands failed adulteration test ! ,And Now CSE got to know 😂 @timesofindia #Patanjali #Honey #Fittuber pic.twitter.com/Jz8NyGuAqu
— Swarupdip Sinha🇮🇳 (@SwarupdipSinha) December 3, 2020
— ÂSђĩSђ P V£ŔMÂ (@ashishpverma) December 3, 2020
Can anyone explain difference in colour at the top and bottom ?
colour at top is Dark brownish, white colour at bottom is like similary to jaggery.
— patilvaibhav (@patilvaibhav07) December 3, 2020
— Girish Johar (@girishjohar) December 3, 2020