Australian firm Capilano today dismissed a report that honey marketed by it contains higher level of antibiotics than the prescribed standards.
It said that it produces clean honey and exports to over 40 nations, including India.
The company was reacting to a study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) which said yesterday that branded honey including the Capilano's sold in India could be contaminated with harmful antibiotics.
It had tested 12 leading brands of honey sold in the national capital, including those made by Indian firms as well as by two foreign companies including Capilano.
Scientists of CSE had alleged that they have found high levels of six harmful antibiotics in 11 samples and claimed that long exposure to these leads to adverse health effects.
However, Capilano in a statement said that its own test results on the batches of honey, identified by the dates on the packaging of the product identified in reports, show no detection of the residues alleged to be in the honey.
"These dates indicate a product that was allegedly packed by Capilano 30 months ago," the company said as it rejected the CSE findings.
Capilano Managing Director Roger Masters said, "the company had found counterfeit products previously in Thailand and Indonesia where it had been copied to the extent that it was neither Capilano honey, nor even a product from Australia.
"Recently, Capilano objected to trademark applications commenced in India to register a look-alike name Capilona."