Contamination of food is a serious problem in India as use of antibiotics and pesticides compromises food safety. The management of pesticides and its usage in India is largely unregulated. Pesticides are often linked to long-term health effects such as endocrine disruption, birth defects, and cancer. On the other hand, the presence of antibiotics in honey is problematic as they cause allergic reactions, antibiotic resistance in humans, toxic effects, and damage to the central nervous system.
But why pesticides and antibiotics might end up in Honey?
Pesticides are used to control bee diseases and pests in apiculture. However, in most instances their administration is uncontrolled, and they are applied without approved protocols. The most common used pesticides are acaricides amitraz, celazole, bromopropylate, coumaphos, flumethrin and taufluvalinate.
Apiarists use antibiotics to treat bacterial diseases in the hive. As a result, traces can be found in the honey itself. Oxytetracycline is commonly used to treat European foulbrood disease and American foulbrood diseases. Other antibiotics are also used, including but not limited to, erythromycin, lincomycin, monensin, streptomycin, and enrofloxacin. Antibiotic residues are predominantly the result of improper beekeeping practices and have been found to be above the regulatory standards for food.
Why should you buy Zealandia honey?
New Zealand Beekeepers have several legal obligations that must be met before honey is extracted. The main important obligations are related to the management of pesticides and antibiotics. It is strictly monitored in all sorts of beekeeping operations. They also sterilize beekeeping equipment after the extraction and before the next season, so the honey that is procured in New Zealand is of absolutely top quality.
Why Zealandia honey is free of pesticides and antibiotics?
At Zealandia, we are going one step further to ensure the honey we sell, is free of all pesticides, residues, and antibiotics. We test for more than 150 different pesticides, residues, and antibiotics to ensure you are eating one of the best quality honeys from New Zealand. What you get from us is the real deal, genuine Manuka Honey. We are more than happy to share with you a certificate of analysis with every pot of honey showing all results should you wish to see it.