Dwindling domestic supply and rising demand have prompted bee keepers and honey manufacturers to adulterate their products, Food Safety officials have warned.

The honey available on market shelves may contain cane sugar, corn syrup or other adulterants. They may also contain residue of antibiotics, the officials say.

A recent inspection by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) officials led to four units in various parts of the State being closed down, and some others being served notice on account of non-conformity with manufacturing standards.

The inspection revealed that the majority of brands which are labelled as ‘pure honey’ are only a honey blend or honey syrup or adulterated, the FSSAI officials said.

“Though it’s not illegal to sell honey blends, the product must be labelled that way, and often that does not happen,” said FSSAI assistant commissioner P.K. Aleyamma.

The medicinal properties of honey are widely propagated and consumption has increased. Demand for local varieties is particularly high.

Source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/

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