The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued an advisory in the last week of September stating that no antibiotics and pesticide residues are allowed in honey.
This was soon after the CSE study that found high levels of antibiotics in both domestic as well as international honey brands.
(What's in your honey; DTE Sept 30,2010)
The advisory states that with regards to 'antibiotics in honey the safety standards in India are similar to the rules in the European Union, Codex Alimentarius and USA where they are completely prohibited.' The advisory has also specified maximum limits for heavy metals in honey. (Stop antibiotics in honey: Centre; DTE Nov 15,2010)
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