Anand will soon become home to India’s first hi-tech laboratory which will test honey, a symbol of well-being. Anand-headquartered National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) which is promoting scientific bee-keeping among farmers in the country, will house the world-class honey testing lab in collaboration with the National Bee Board (NBB).
NDDB has started the process of setting up the honey testing facility which will come up as part of its multi-disciplinary laboratory – Centre for Analysis in Livestock and Food (CALF) that currently deals with the testing needs of dairy food industry and livestock sector.
The authenticity of honey is one of the most crucial parts of honey testing besides quality parameters, residues and contaminants. According to NDDB, currently Indian laboratories lack analytical facilities to meet the stringent benchmarks for purity and quality of honey as per international regulations including that of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the European Union Commission.