Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Antibiotics found in branded honey by CSE; Companies stand out in defence!

A contempo analysis agitated out by the Center for Science and Environment (CSE), begin aerial levels of antibiotics in the honey bogus by some of the arch brands.

The study, that was accomplished by advisers in the Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML) of CSE, proposed that attendance of antibiotics in honey were adverse for health.

Tests were agitated out on honey samples of 10 Indian and two all-embracing brands, including Dabur Honey of Dabur India Ltd, Himalaya Forest Honey of Himalaya Drug Company, Patanjali Pure Honey of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, Haridwar, and Baidyanath Wild Flower Honey of Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhavan Pvt Ltd from India.

The alien brands that were tested, included Capilano Pure & Natural Honey of Capilano Honey Ltd and Nectaflor Natural Blossom Honey of Narimpex AG.

CSE Director Sunita Narain said, “It is bright that adopted companies are demography advantage of the abridgement of regulations in India. Afterwards all, if our government does not affliction about the bloom of its people, why should these companies care?”

“We accept standards for antibacterial contagion in the honey we export. The government alike tests and certifies that exported honey meets bloom and assurance regulations. But we do not accept any standards for calm honey. This is acutely unacceptable,” Narain stated.

Study details

The advisers about bought the samples of twelve honey brands from Delhi in July 2009 and activated these for absolute six antibiotics, namely oxytetracycline, chloramphenicol, ampicillin, erythromycin, eurofloxacin, and ciprofloxacin.

Out of the 12 samples activated by them, antibiotics were begin in 11 samples. But, no antibiotics were begin in the honey bogus by a bottom accepted company, Hitkatri Pharmacy.

The CSE advisers begin that aerial levels of chloramphenicol, ciprofloxacin, and erythromycin were present in the honey samples, which could advance to astringent bloom disorders.

Narain said, “Food Assurance regulations are declared to be monitored by the Food Assurance and Standards Authority of India. But the Authority, admitting actuality in actuality for about four years, has bootless to do annihilation to aegis customer health.”

Manufacturing companies' reaction

Baba Ramdev’s Patanjalee Yogpeeth that articles the Patanjali Pure Honey said that CSE, “was not to actualize an atmosphere of abhorrence in the name of research.”

A agent of Himalaya said, “Himalaya Forest Honey awash in India complies with affection standards set by the Consign Inspection Council of India (EIC) for consign brand honey. Two antibiotics – oxytetracycline and chloramphenicol, for which the EIC has set bright limits, are ‘not detected’ in Himalaya Forest Honey.”

Other companies refrained from commenting and said that they were belief the address and would alone animadversion afterwards absolutely compassionate it.

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