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Swiss researchers have revealed that nearly 75% 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 last 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 analyse the samples for five commonly used neonicotinoids — acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam. They found that three quarters of all the honey samples contain at least one neonicotinoid.
Of the contaminated samples, 30% contain a single neonicotinoid, 45% contain two or more, and 10% contain four or five.
Concentrations of such pesticide contamination are the highest in European, North American, and Asian samples. — Bernama