A world class honey testing laboratory has been set up by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) at Anand in Gujarat with support of National Bee Board.This lab has been established , ”based on the parameters notified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI),” according to a statement of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
The lab would help check the menace of adulteration in honey production and sale. ” Adulteration is a major problem in honey production. Honey is being adulterated with high fructose corn syrup or rice, tapioca, sugarcane and beet syrup that are cheaper and resemble honey in physico-chemical properties, it said.
The Anand honey testing lab has all facilities and protocols, accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).
FSSAI has now notified new standards of Honey, Bee Wax and Royal Jelly .
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare NarendraSingh Tomar , while inaugurating the lab, on July 24, said the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare has approved the National Bee Keeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) for a period of two years. He said bee-keeping is one of the sustainable agriculture development models.
As for NDDB, this is how it describes itself ” The National Dairy Development Board was founded in 1965 to replace exploitation with empowerment, tradition with modernity, stagnation with growth, transforming dairying into an instrument for the development of India’s rural people”.
It is credited with the launch of the “Operation Flood”, a World Bank -funded programme which helped India as the world’s largest milk producing nation.
The NDDB has since diversified into promoting other commodity-based cooperatives, allied industries and veterinary biologicals on an intensive and nation-wide basis.