CSE dismisses Capilano's reaction to honey contamination

Published: 09/23/2010

Reacting to the study carried out by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on contaminated honey, Capilano, the Australian honey major whose product was also tested by CSE's Pollution Monitoring Laboratory, has claimed that an independent test conducted by the company did not support CSE findings and that the samples were clean.

CSE strongly rebutted Capilano's claims stating that it was a standard response as expected from the company. It further said that it stood by its study and asked Capilano to publish its study results.

CSE had found high levels of antibiotics in leading brands of honey sold in Delhi, including names like Dabur and Patanjali, as well as foreign brands like Capilano. In fact, the Capilano Pure & Natural Honey sample which was tested was found to contain three antibiotics and was non-compliant with the Export Inspection Council's (EIC) export standards as well as some standards imposed in Australia itself.

In response to the Capilano's claims, Chandra Bhushan, deputy director, CSE, said, " We had seen similar responses from companies when we had tested soft drinks for pesticides, but the Joint Parliamentary Committee which looked into our study vindicated our findings."

On another claim by Capilano that the sample could have been counterfeit, CSE scientists pointed out that the sample was picked up randomly from a shop, and was clearly labelled with the company's name and other information. "If Capilano thinks counterfeits of its products are being sold in Indian markets, it's the company's problem. We have picked up a product which had their label and we believed it was a Capilano product," says Chandra Bhushan.

"India has no regulations for the honey it imports, which makes it an easy market for foreign firms and their products," said Chandra Bhushan.

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