Most Of World's Honey Contaminated By Pesticides - Swiss Study

Tarikh kemaskini: 07/10/2017

GENEVA, Oct 7 (Bernama) -- Swiss researchers have revealed that nearly 75 percent of honey produced all over the world has been contaminated by pesticides, which, if consumed daily, may pose a long-term problem for human health, China's Xinhua News Agency reported citing local media Swissinfo report on Friday.

The study carried out by the University of Neuchatel, analysed nearly 200 samples of honey from all continents around the world, except Antarctica, and from numerous isolated islands as well.

Researchers intended to analyze the samples for five commonly used neonicotinoids - acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam. They found that three quarters of all the honey samples contained at least one neonicotinoid.

Of the contaminated samples, 30 percent contained a single neonicotinoid, 45 percent contained two or more, and 10 percent contained four or five.

Concentrations of such pesticide contamination were highest in European, North American, and Asian samples. Although the concentrations were below the levels allowed by the EU for human food and animal feed, the pesticides can still pose a health risk, according to the study.....