Eco tester: Frequent pollution in honey

Eco tester: Frequent pollution in honey

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Honey a healthy natural product? Öko-Test finds pollutants in many honey brands
Honey is generally considered a natural product and is often associated with positive health properties. For example, honey is a popular natural home remedy for cough or tonsillitis. But in the end honey remains “a reflection of the nature from which it comes”, according to the announcement of the magazine “Öko-Test”, in the current issue of which the results of a honey test are presented.

According to "Öko-Test", glyphosate and genetic engineering from Monsanto are sometimes in the honey jar. This applies "not only to conventional, but also to some organic products." A total of eight out of 20 honeys tested were convincing, but the testers were not satisfied with the majority of the products. In addition to the harmful ingredients, “Öko-Test” complains that it is often not possible to tell which region the honey comes from.

Residual pollutants also in organic honey
For the current investigation, 20 brands of conventional and ecological honey were sent to the laboratory and their quality was checked. The result was sobering: the products often contained pollutants and pollen from genetically modified plants. Organic honeys were also affected. "So the commissioned laboratory found residues of the drug Amitraz in two organic honeys," which is used to combat the Varoa mite and is expressly prohibited in organic beekeeping, reports "Öko-Test".

Glyphosate in four products
The herbicide glyphosate, the use of which has recently sparked heated discussions after the World Health Organization (WHO) has rated it as "probably carcinogenic", has been detected in four products. A low risk for humans does not pose a health risk for humans, but weeds are destroyed by the herbicide, which is an important source of food for bees.

Insecticide a risk to bees
A direct risk for the bees is also the insecticide thiacloprid, which the testers discovered in six honeys. The poison disrupts the sense of orientation of the bees, explains “Öko-Test”. Further statements on the toxicity in bees are controversial, but the insecticide is also dangerous for bees, according to the federal government for the environment and nature conservation Germany (BUND).

Natural plant poisons with risky effects
The investigation also found that six honey jars contained increased amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloids. These natural toxins are produced by plants as protection against predators, but are considered to be liver-damaging and carcinogenic in humans, according to the "Öko-Test". The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) had also warned in the past about the pyrrolizidine alkaloids in honey. If the pollen collected, the poison could get into the honey. "Raw honeys from certain countries in Central and South America have higher contents than raw honeys from some European countries," reports the BfR. The amounts contained "are health-threatening for both children and adults with prolonged (chronic) intake."

Genetically modified pollen in honey
In the current test, the commissioned laboratory also found that genetically modified pollen from soybeans or rapeseed was found in all the brands that contained honey from America, reports “Öko-Test”. However, it is not always clear which region the honey comes from, because the suppliers often leave consumers in the dark: The packaging has indications of origin such as "Mixture of honey from EU countries and non-EU countries", but hardly Have information content.

Organic honeys are generally recommended
Despite all the criticism, honey is sometimes the healthy natural product that consumers expect. Eight products were rated "very good" or "good", including five organic products, according to the "Öko-Test" report. In principle, organic honey is more recommendable. Even if this is not guaranteed to be pesticide-free because the same residue limit values ​​apply to organic honey as to conventional products, buying organic honey would make more sense, reports the consumer magazine. Because organic beekeepers have to comply with much stricter regulations for beekeeping and may not, for example, trim the wings of the queen bee to prevent it from swarming, continues "Öko-Test". (fp)

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  1. Dewey

    Excuse, that I interrupt you.

  2. Abdul- Qadir

    what to talk about here?

  3. Cecilius

    Not in it business.

  4. Werner

    You have hit the spot. There is something in this and a good idea, I agree with you.

  5. Sigifrid

    Maybe enough to argue ... It seems to me that the author wrote correctly, but it was not necessary so sharply. P. S. I congratulate you on the last Christmas!

  6. Carrick

    It also worries me about this issue. Tell me, please - where can I find more information on this topic?

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