New Delhi: Close on the heels of an NGO claiming to have found high levels of antibiotics in honey, the Government has said such practices are completelyprohibited and that India follows stringent safety standards similar to the EU and the US. "In the matter of admissibility of antibiotics in honey, safety standards in India are similar to those in European Union and the United States where they are completelyprohibited," the Food Safety and Standards Authority clarified. An NGO had recently claimed that branded honey available in Delhi may contain antibiotics beyond permissible limits. The study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claimed to have detected high levels of antibiotics in some leading brands of honey, including those manufactured by international firms, sold in Delhi warning they can have serious health effects. The six antibiotics that the environmental NGO looked for were oxytetracycline, chloramphenicol, ampicillin, erythromycin, eurofloxacin and ciprofloxacin and it claimedthat their long exposure leads to adverse health effects.
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