The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), had launched a statewide campaign to check the quality of honey. A total of 86 samples were taken from producers, sellers and distributors of various honey producing companies for analysis in this campaign and 3480.25 kg stock of honey worth Rs 36,19,319 was seized.

Analysis of sugar based on NMR test of honey samples revealed adulteration of sugars like mannose, maltose, maltotriose in honey of many reputed brands. At the end of the analysis, it was also found that the natural components of honey have been artificially altered. The possibility of adverse effects on human health by consuming this type of honey cannot be ruled out.

Analysis reports of 52 honey samples taken by the Food and Drug Administration for analysis have been received, in which sample of brands like Zandu, Dabur, Patanjali, Saffola, Uttarakhand Honey, Vaidyanath, Dilive, Apis Himalaya, Hamdard Natural blossom, Shri Shri Tatva Vaidyanath, Twigs, Twenty Four Mantra Organic, Madhupushp, Madhuban, Loose, Phondaghat, Reliance Healthy Life, Under the Mango Tree, Rasana, Organic Certified Honey, Himalaya, were found of a substandard quality.

Further legal action is being taken against sellers, distributors and producers/manufacturers under the Food Safety and Standards Act in cases of substandard food articles, informed by authentic sources.