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Milk : Powder vs Natural


No matter how old or young we are, the taste of the fluffy powdered milk is something we all have a liking for. Even the irritable moment when it sticks to the insides of the mouth, and makes it all dry, the taste is terribly addictive. Those little sachets of Nestle powdered milk is what all kids wait for, while travelling in the Rajdhani train, or an Air India flight. But is the powdered milk same as the natural milk? Powdered milk is said to hold similar nutritive values as the naturally procured milk. It does not have the odour, that many people do not enjoy in a regular milk. Also, it proves to be real time saver, and being used as tea/coffee whitener. However, being similar does not mean being same. The golden rule is, all that is not natural and packaged, is not 100% safe. Powdered form of the milk contains preservatives. Also, it misses out on some very essential nutrients like phosphorous, selenium and B-complex vitamins. Also, there is an argument, that many people do not get the mixture composition with water correctly. However the counter, from Dr. Ritika Samaddar of Max Healthcare Saket, New Delhi, is the back of the pack describes how to make the milk mixture with proper instructions. According to NDTV

All in all, powdered milk offers a convenient alternative to regular milk. However, as the experts have noted above, it is imperative that you chose the right product and consume it as per the nutritional directions mentioned on the pack – this is extremely crucial, especially when it is being fed to children.

Alcohols under FSSAI


And FSSAI strikes again!

In another development, it seems that FSSAI is now in action in full power. It seems to be taking alcoholic beverages under its list of standards to monitor the quality that is inflowing for its consumers.

A senior official told PTI :

Work is going on to prepare standards for alcohol and alcoholic beverages, in next two months the FSSAI will come up with draft notification seeking comments from the public

Among the drinks, whiskey, vodka, gin, beer and even breezer will come under the proposed standards, the official said.

According to NDTV:

Earlier this year, a meeting of the Central Advisory Committee had also discussed having standards for alcohol and alcoholic beverages. It was decided that once standards for alcohol and alcoholic beverages were finalised it shall be intimated to all states and UTs so that they may suitably advise the respective excise departments.

As the trend is going on, it seems that India is going to witness international levels of food standards soon, which is a great news to all the consumers, and to keep them healthy and aware of what they consume.

Nestle Cries Foul!


Nestle has been taking a firm hold on its stance that Maggi did not really break the trust of its consumers. Officials at Nestle have constantly taken the stand, that Maggi noodles never contained Lead and MSG, beyond the allowed limits. However, to maintain the trust of its consumers, Nestle gave a tender worth Rs. 20cr to Aditya Birla group to get done away with the Maggi packets that were banned for consumption.

In recent developments, two things have come forth in sight.

1. Labs in Canada, UK, Singapore and US that tested Maggi samples imported from India, gave a thumbs up, claiming Maggi fit for consumption. They found no content that was harmful for human consumption.

2. Nestle unsurfaced an interesting fact. The testing of the samples, that are said to have failed, were done in Laboratories that were not accredited to do so.
As Times of India published in an article :

Nestle India has hit back at Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) for its June 5 ban on the popular 2-minute Maggi noodles by stating that the laboratories where noodle samples tested positive for excessive lead content “lacked accreditation, and are thus inconsistent and unreliable”. It also questioned the grounds of “emergency” for a pan-India ban.

Nestle Maggi

Company has filed a case in the Bombay high court, and its plea shall be heard tomorrow, Tuesday, 14th July 2015. If the Nestle bags this case, huge reimbursements are on its way for Nestle, and this shall pose a question, as to why was there such haste in banning the two minute noodle, and why was this case so poorly handled?

12000 Standards Set by FSSAI


The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India seem to have got into active mode ever since the media cracked onto the Nestle Maggi row. In a recent development, FSSAI has set 12,000 (twelve thousand) standards for food additives and ingredients.
These standards have been set in line with the global standard for product approval Codex. The setting of these standards are supposed to make product approval process more swift, compared to the old lengthy process.
Before this new development, there were only 375 food standards, and NONE were regarding additives and ingredients.

FSSAI has finalised 12,000 standards for food additives and ingredients in line with global safety standards Codex, in order to do away with lengthy process of product approval.
FSSAI has finalised 12,000 standards for food additives and ingredients in line with global safety standards Codex, in order to do away with lengthy process of product approval.

An article in The Times of India :

“FSSAI has approved 12,000 standards for food additives and ingredients. The Law Ministry is vetting the standards and a notification will be issued soon,” a senior health ministry official said.

FSSAI has stepped up measures to strengthen the quality standards for food products. It is reviewing the existing standards set for caffeine content, metal and toxic contaminants and other residues in the food products. The regulator is also in the process of setting standards for imported food items to ensure safe products are sold in the domestic market.

It is noticeable that FSSAI has been quite active in strengthening the food safety norms in India, trying to set levels at par with International levels, which is in best interest of the consumers. But the question is, why did we have to wait for a controversy as large as Nestle Maggi, for the food safety wing  of our country to ensure safer food?

Truth about MSG


Recently, there have been loud whispers about the presence of MSG and Lead in the famous Maggi Noodles, a Nestle product. Many individual labs tested the 2-minute noodle and found it to be carrying MSG and lead in high levels. People seem pretty upset about its presence, but the big question is, what exactly is MSG?
Assocham India has issued an advertisement in a national daily, Times of India, speaking about the Truth about MSG.

1. What does MSG stand for?

Mono Sodium Glutamate

2. What is Glutamate?

Glutamate is a naturally occurring substance in common foods such as milk, vegetables including tomato, corn, onion, green peas, cabbage, spinach, potato, mushroom, wheat flour, cheese and even mother’s milk.

3. What is MSG?

  • A flavour enhancer and one of the many forms of glutamate.
  • Mono sodium glutamate is a permitted additive under India law in many foods.
  • Even if MSG has not been added, a product may show a presence of glutamate due to its natural occurrence in ingredients used in the product. The presence of glutamate in food products is usually interpreted as MSG.
  • MSG is also generally recognised as safe by International bodies such as WHO, UNFAO and USFDA.MSG

4. What do regulations say?

  • If MSG is added to products, manufacturers must declare the same in labels.
  • Manufacturers who do not add MSG to their products used to state “No Added MSG” in their labels, as per industry practice. However, given a recent FSSAI opinion, the industry is taking action to remove this phrase also from the new packagings, and consumers are being notified accordingly.

Global standards for food safety set for revision : Times of India

Countries all over the world have come together to revise international standards for food safety and quality, even as concerns have grown in India in the past two months after the food regulator cracked down on major brands including Maggi, Top Ramen and some products of Tata Starbucks. As many as 185 countries, including India and the European Union, are likely to adopt new food safety and quality standards.


Countries all over the world have come together to revise international standards for food safety and quality, even as concerns have grown in India in the past two months after the food regulator cracked down on major brands including Maggi, Top Ramen and some products of Tata Starbucks. As many as 185 countries, including India and the European Union, are likely to adopt new food safety and quality standards. News

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News From R&D


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC) not only aims at providing best quality testing and results services, but its state of the art Research and Development facility makes sure that our consumers get to have all the added information about their products.

Here are a list of food articles, and findings corresponding to them, according to our R&D team :

  1. Therapeutic FoodTherapeutic food in general, is any a[[rp[roate food product or products, enhanced nutritionally, and thus, made to be more energy-dense and nutrient-dense. When needed, usually in the emergency situations, it should be used in effect as medicine, in conjunction with necessary therapy, for as short a time as possible. The subject of this commentary is a specific type of therapeutic food, now almost always in the form of commercial products, which in te last several years has leapt onto the nutrition scene. It has some special benefits. It is creating new opportunities, new challenges, and in our judgement, an increasing number of new problems. The this is to warn that the promotion of therapeutic food and its wider use may well undermine breastfeeding, which for children between 6-24+ months of age, is the best safeguard against malnutrition. Therapeutic food is high in energy and protein, with added electrolytes, mineral and vitamins.
  2. High Fibre Bread : High fibre is used to lower glucose levels, and increasing the dietary bulk. Rice bran contents were used as an ingredient to increase the nutritional value of bread. With this view point, the high fibre bread was prepared.
  3. Badam Kesar Milk Fortification : Health drink full of nutrition. Useful for all age group people. Simple recipe of milk kesar fortified, with appropriate vitamin and mineral mix to provide adequate nutrition.
  4. Diabodellite Cookies : New products were developed/designed for one of our customers from the bakery industry, new ingredients were introduced to increase the binding of the prepared cookies by our department and thereby, increasing the storage and logistics problem faced by them. This product was specially designed for diabetic patients to lower their blood pressure.

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