FRAC’s Accreditations and Certifications : NABL, BIS, DPCC, DSIR, OHSAS, ISO Certificate


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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.

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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