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80% of Honey Sold in Markets are Pure Sugar Syrup Says DOST

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) revealed that honey sold in local markets are not pure, it contains 80% of sugar syrup.

Researchers from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) have revealed that a large percentage of honey products sold in groceries, souvenir shops, and online platforms in the country are not pure honey.

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It was discovered after nuclear-based tests conducted by DOST-PNRI which showed that most of the tested honey products contained syrup from sugar cane and corn. Due to this fraudulent work of the manufacturers, they increase the volume of their product while reducing the production costs.

“62 out of the 76 (82%) of honey brands that were found to be adulterated were composed of 95% C4 sugar syrup. So, they are not actually adulterated but they are just completely purely sugar syrup,” sabi ni DOST-PNRI Director. Angel T. Bautista VII.

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Bautista explained that counterfeit honey is widespread in the Philippine markets. He said, out of the sixteen local brands that can be bought in groceries or souvenir shops, twelve or 75% of them are not pure honey.

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Additionally, a staggering 87% or 64 out of 74 local brands of honey sold on online platforms are not concentrated. According to Bautista, people often buy pure honey because of its health benefits, but because of counterfeiting, they only buy pure sugar syrup.

It is said that consuming a lot of sugar syrup can have a detrimental effect on health. The local honey industry is affected by this fraudulent activity because counterfeit honey is sold at very low prices – only 1/3 of the price of real pure honey.

The Philippine National Standard for Honey of the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards states that honey should not be mixed with food additives or other substances sold in the markets. And if there is any mixture, it should be on the label. The label should also indicate where the honey came from.

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