May 12, 2021

Dabur, Patanjali query research on honey offered in home market

NEW DELHI: Dabur and Patanjali on Wednesday questioned setting watchdog CSE’s claims that honey offered by them are adulterated with sugar syrup, saying that it appears to be motivated and geared toward maligning their manufacturers.

In addition they insisted that honey offered by them are collected naturally from Indian sources, and filled with no-added sugar or different adulterants.

Furthermore, norms and parameters laid down by the Meals Security and Requirements Authority of India (FSSAI) for testing honey are absolutely adhered to, based on the businesses.

“The latest stories appear motivated and geared toward maligning our model. We guarantee our customers that Dabur Honey is 100 per cent pure and indigenous, collected naturally from Indian sources and filled with no added sugar or different adulterants,” a Dabur spokesperson mentioned.

Patanjali Ayurved’s Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna mentioned, “it appears to be a plot to defame Indian pure honey trade and producers in a bid to advertise processed honey”.

It is a “gameplan to switch lakhs of rural farmers and honey growers together with Khadi & Village fee channel” with processed/ synthetic/ value-added honey makers, he mentioned.

Whereas noting that honey-making is a heavy capital and machinery-driven trade, Balkrishna mentioned, “we make 100 per cent pure honey which examined pure on greater than 100 requirements laid down by the FSSAI for honey”.

Kolkata-based Emami group, which owns the Zandu model, mentioned it adheres to all of the protocols laid down by the FSSAI on this regard.

“Emami as a accountable organisation ensures that its Zandu Pure Honey conforms and adheres to all of the protocols and high quality norms/ requirements laid down by the Authorities of India and is authorised entities such because the FSSAI,” an Emami spokesperson mentioned.

On Wednesday, the Centre for Science and Atmosphere (CSE) claimed honey offered by a number of main manufacturers in India has been discovered adulterated with sugar syrup.

In its research, the CSE additionally talked about the manufacturers offered by the three firms.

The CSE’s meals researchers chosen 13 high and smaller manufacturers of processed and uncooked honey being offered in India to test their purity. They discovered 77 per cent of the samples adulterated with the addition of sugar syrup. Out of the 22 samples checked, solely 5 handed all of the exams.

“Honey samples from main manufacturers akin to Dabur, Patanjali, Baidyanath, Zandu, Hitkari and Apis Himalaya, all failed the NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) check,” the research mentioned.

In the meantime, the Dabur spokesperson mentioned that it often check the honey offered by the corporate within the Indian market. Apart from, Dabur Honey can also be examined for the presence of antibiotics, as mandated by FSSAI, he added.

“Dabur is the one firm in India to have an NMR testing gear in our personal laboratory, and the identical is used to often check our honey being offered within the Indian market. That is to make sure that Dabur Honey is 100 per cent pure with none adulteration,” the spokesperson emphasised.

Based on him, Dabur doesn’t import any honey/ syrup from China and that its honey is sourced fully from Indian beekeepers.

“Dabur is complying with the 22 parameters… mandated by the FSSAI for testing honey. As well as, Dabur Honey can also be examined for the presence of antibiotics, as mandated by the FSSAI,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Balkrishna additionally termed the research as an “an try and decrease down the market share of Indian honey in worldwide commerce”.

India exported 59,536.75 MT of pure honey value Rs 633.82 crore (USD 88.65 million) in FY 2019-20 to varied nations, together with the US, Saudi Arab, UAE, Canada, Qatar, as per knowledge from the Agricultural and Processed Meals Merchandise Export Growth Authority (APEDA).

The APEDA comes below the Ministry of Commerce and Business.

Based on Professional Market Analysis, the India honey market was value round Rs 1,729 crore in 2019.

“The market is additional anticipated to develop at a CAGR (Compound Annual Progress Charge) of about 10 per cent between 2020 and 2025 to succeed in a worth of almost INR 30.6 billion by 2025,” it mentioned.