China-based Wuhu Deli has denied that it knew the syrups solicited by the CSE investigators were to bypass assessments to show the authenticity of honey in India.
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Tuesday rebutted the Chinese company Wuhu Deli Foods’s assertion which denied having data that their transaction had something to do with adulterating honey with sugar syrup.
In a press release, China-based Wuhu Deli has categorically denied that it knew the mentioned syrups being solicited by the CSE investigators were to bypass the assessments to show the authenticity of honey in India. Its assertion additionally mentions that the company believed the transaction had solely to do with syrup, and nothing to do with honey.
The CSE, in a press release, rebutted the declare, and mentioned it’s a proven fact that Wuhu Deli despatched it a cargo of samples that contained syrup with the intention of serving to it to bypass the honey testing protocols in India.
“It is a fact that Wuhu Deli sent us a shipment of samples that contained syrup with the intention of helping us to bypass the honey testing protocols in India. It is unfortunate that because CSE is not a food importer, it did not have requisite clearances to import food products and had to cancel the shipment from Wuhu Deli. If we manage to get possession of this shipment, we will be happy to get its contents tested,” the CSE mentioned.
Wuhu Deli was one of many corporations that were contacted by investigators from CSE posing as a fictitious honey buying and selling agency attempting to discover out if Chinese sugar and rice syrup may very well be introduced into India and blended with Indian honey, and whether or not this syrup-spiked honey would cross the Indian testing requirements.
CSE mentioned that its investigators wrote to Wuhu Deli in search of syrups that would bypass the honey specs as mandated by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSAAI).
“We clearly wrote asking for syrups that could pass C3, C4 tests, including those for SMR, TMR, and foreign oligosaccharides,” says CSE.
“These testing parameters that CSE researchers mentioned in the email to Wuhu Deli are to specifically test the authenticity of honey in India — and not meant for that of sugar syrups or rice syrups (which Wuhu Deli alleges it thought it was dealing in). In fact, Wuhu Deli’s response to CSE’s request says — in clear terms — that its high fructose syrup could pass all these tests. Not just that, it also quoted prices for 10 container loads (200 tonnes) of this syrup that could bypass the above testing parameters for honey authenticity in India,” the CSE mentioned in its assertion.
The setting watchdog additional mentioned that it’s common data that Chinese corporations have experience in syrups, which when adulterated in honey can cross the Indian testing parameters.
There are quite a few sellers on on-line marketplaces like Alibaba who promote this. Wuhu Deli is one such advertiser and has been rated by Alibaba as a ‘gold supplier’, it mentioned.