FICCI Research and Analysis Centre’s New Capabilities

The institute continuously works on new method developments with the aim of providing better, accurate and wider range of testing services. With the purchase of the new LCMS-MS from Water’s Corporation, within a month, the following new methods have been developed at FRAC.

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FICCI Research and Analysis Centre is an NABL accredited, FSSAI empanelled and BIS certified laboratory, that carries an experience of over 25 years in providing analytical services for food and beverages. Recently, FRAC got recognised as an Environmental Laboratory under the Environment Protection Act of 1986, by CPCB, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, to carry out Environment Impact Analysis projects.

The institute continuously works on new method developments with the aim of providing better, accurate and wider range of testing services. With the purchase of the new LCMS-MS from Water’s Corporation, within a month, the following new methods have been developed at FRAC.

Pesticides: FRAC is now capable of testing all the pesticides as per the requirements of the Food Safety Act 2006. The groups of these pesticides are : Organochlorine Group, Organophosphorous Group, Triazines, Fungicides/Insectisides, Pyrimidines, Triazoles, Imidazole, Phthalimide, Nicotinoides, Aliphatic Nitrogen Fungicides, Morpholine, Natural Product Derivatives, Herbicides Group, Benzimidazole Funzicide, Pyrithroides, Carbamates, Inorganic Bromide, Dithiocarbamates, Strobilurin, Phenyl Pyrazole, Nitrophenyl ether, Plant Growth Regulator, Antimicrobial pesticides

Antibiotics: Antibiotic resistance is a looming public health crisis. International, national, and local antibiotic stewardship campaigns have been developed to encourage prudent use of and limit unnecessary exposure to antibiotics, with the ultimate goal of preserving their effectiveness for serious and life-threatening infections. The list of antibiotics that we test are as follows :

Amino-Acids: The list of amino acids that are now tested in our facility are: Arginine, Lysine, Methionine, Cysteine, Treptofan, Histidine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Tretinoin, Valine, Tyrosine, Glycine

Synthetic Preservatives: Sorbic acid and salts, Benzoic acid and salts, Ascorbyl palmitate, Ascorbic acid, BHA, BHT, TBHQ, Propyll gallate

To know more about our latest developments, feel free to contact us through any of these channels:

a. Call us at +91-1145333500/529 or +91-7042492166

b. EMail at info@fraclabs.org

c. Visit our blogs at fraclabs.wordpress.com

d. Check out our Website : www.fraclabs.org

e. Connect with us on our social media pages :

i. Facebook : www.facebook.com/ficciresearchandanalysiscentre

ii. Twitter : @FRAC_labs

iii. LinkedIN : www.linkedin.com/company/ficci-research-and-analysis-centre

FRAC Goes Unstoppable! Now Performs All Pesticides as per FSSAI!


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC) is on a spree of developing new test methods to perform various new tests of parameters with more accurate results, shorter Turn Around Time and more cost effective!

Recently developments included :

  1. New Test Method for testing of Taurine
  2. Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

And within days since the last development on pesticides testing on fresh fruits and vegetables, FRAC’s highly competent Technical Team has developed testing facility for conducting analysis of the entire list of pesticides that have been prescribed by FSSAI.

FICCI Research and Analysis Centre’s location:

The Technical Team floated the great news to all:

Dear All,

It is to inform you, that optimization process for the quantitative determination of pesticides “as mentioned under FSSAI (i.e. list of 149 pesticides)”  has been completed by instrument lab using LC-MSMS. Hence from now onwards, all the pesticides as per FSSAI shall be analyzed In-House. The attachment has a list of total 231 pesticides along with other parameters, which now need not to be sent to other lab for analysis.

Point to remember: No subcontracting to be done for analysis of pesticides and other parameters listed in the attachment. (As per FSSAI and all other regulatory body)

The list of Pesticides can be downloaded from here: FRAC Pesticides

Newsletter Coming out!

We started a social campaign, and now we see ourselves growing! Started from a wordpress blog, we are now moving to our very own Newsletter!


Hello food lovers across the country!
Excited to inform you that we, FICCI Research and Analysis Centre have taken up a social awareness campaign.
We aim to educate all consumers about food quality. We have seen that brands as big as the 2-minute noodles can make a blunder. So what is the surety about other products?
FRAC is a food/beverage/animal feed testing and environmental monitoring laboratory.
We want all consumers to be aware of the industry and demand only safe and quality assured products.
With this in mind, we had launched our blog site Food Quotient some time back:
fraclabs.wordpress.com
which has started growing. We shared news items across different channels, provide life hacks, video tips, information about the industry.
Seeing its success, we are now heading on to our own Newsletter! We invite everyone to be a part of this campaign. You could drop in your email IDs to subscribe. Request you to visit our blogs, share the ones you like the most! And if you like things under 140 characters, we are there on twitter as well: @FRAC_labs  (www.twitter.com/FRAC_labs)
Check out our Facebook page for more : www.facebook.com/ficciresearchandanalysiscentre
Hope to gather your support!

School Kids Die Due To Presence of Insecticides In Mid-Day Meal; Presence of Organophophates


In an unfortunate event in Bihar, the mid-day meal for 21 children, consisting of Rice, Beans and Potato curry, became the last meal for them. Another two dozen kids were admitted to hospital in Patna. It was found that a poisonous insecticide Organophosphate was found in the meal. India has a national school lunch program, serving free meals to 120 million children in its 73,000 schools. In Bihar alone, 20 million receive the free meals. The Supreme Court of India ordered school lunches be provided in 2001, and the program has since grown into the world’s largest.

While popular with the children and credited with increasing school attendance, delivery of school lunches in India is complicated. Charities and non-government organizations along with local politicians are all involved, sometimes resulting in fraud and poor quality meals.

Provincial police are investigating the deaths and the school’s headmistress has gone into hiding, according to local news reports.

Source: Food Safety News

Demand Only Quality


Many congratulations to our readers and followers! FoodQuotient is growing slowly and steadily, and stepping forward with the aim of creating awareness among people about Food, Beverage and Environment, so that our consumers are able to take wise decisions while purchasing and follow a lifestyle that provides a healthy habitat!
Over the past three months, FoodQuotient has been very active over social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and LinkedIN. FoodQuotient is an initiative by FICCI Research and Analysis Centre, that is motivated by a goal of creating well aware consumers. If the buyers are well aware, the manufacturers shall need to ensure only quality products for consumers, and follow hygienic and safe manufacturing processes. FoodQuotient attempts to provide life hacks, video tutorials, quick tips, consultation about not just food and beverages, but even about how to interact with mother nature, to preserve it so as to live in a cleaner habitat!

Here are some of our Tweet Highlights! Follow us on twitter @FRAC_labs
Our Facebook Page can be found at : http://goo.gl/rxIkxn
Read our magazine right here : https://fraclabs.wordpress.com
To know more, visit our website : http://fraclabs.org

How safe is your food?


The World Health Organization released an advert to raise awareness about Food Safety, on 15th March, on the occasion of World Health Day.

Prior to that WHO also has released a video on 5 Keys To Safer Food.

The video depicts ways on how one can make sure their food articles are safe, and protected from any sort of contamination!

Initiatives like these make sure that people remain aware about what they are consuming, how to make it healthier, and how to keep it safe!

FSSAI To Stop Product Approvals


In a publication, dated 26th August 2015, the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India has stated that it is no longer possible for them to continue with the existing Food Product Approval System. The process of product approval has been into action   through their advisory of 11 May 2013. The FSSAI has published this information in view of the Supreme Court Order dated 19 August 2015. The Apex court has upheld the order of Bombay High Court decision on quashing the advisory that FSSAI had issued on the procedure for product approvals. (source : Food Safety Helpline). The process of product approval was brought to allow streamlining of the entire process of approving the food which is not standardized for the safety of the public.

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Food Safety experts say; around the globe product approval is not required to launch products. If FSSAI still feels the need for a product approval system it can only be possible by an Act of Parliament and not through an advisory. However, experts are still awaiting clarifications as right now there is no way to ascertain if food companies are free to launch new products or not. Some experts opine that perhaps new product launches may not be permitted until regulations are in place.

Course Details


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre has been established as one of the study centres for Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for the course of Post Graduate Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management.

For information on the course details, download the pdf file : PG DIPLOMA in FSQM

Course Co-ordinator

Dr. Sujata Pandit
dr.sujatapandit@fraclabs.org

Study Center Details

FICCI Research and Analysis Centre
Plot # 2
Sector 8
Dwarka (Near Sector 9 metro station)
New Delhi – 110077

“Ban Alcohol First”


During proceedings on Wednesday, in regard to the ban on the Nestle product, Bombay Highcourt, it was concurred that NO ALCOHOL in India has received any product approval by the food safety regulator. Yet, it is being sold without any ban.

“The first thing that you should ban is alcohol. Nowadays, even schoolchildren have started consuming alcohol. It is injurious to health and is a food product. Cigarette is not because it does not fall in the category of food products,” said Justices V M Kanade and B P Colabawalla after the counsel of food safety regulator — Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) — defended the ban on Maggi noodles saying it was injurious to health.

Technically, alcohols fall under the category of Food Products. However, the same could not be done in the case of cigarettes or any other tobacco products, as they do not fall under the above mentioned category.

The hearing on Wednesday, 22nd July 2015, was to judge whether any action taken by the government, was arbitrary or was it justified. Nestle, obviously standing against the ban said that the ban was imposed merely on the basis of suspicion. Nestle cried foul, as many labs that tested the 2-minute noodles were not even accredited.

However the defence (state) claims that the said that Nestle India was giving an “erroneous impression” by putting a “no MSG (monosodium glutamate)” label on its products. A high content of MSG became the bone of contention over which Maggi noodles was banned on June 5.

According to the Indian Express:

The court also said that it was time to put section 22 of the Food Safety Act to test. The said section deals with all such food items that are banned unless the food regulator approves it. Section 22 of the Act states: “Save as otherwise provided under this Act and regulations made thereunder, no person shall manufacture, distribute, sell or import any novel food, genetically modified articles of food, irradiated food, organic foods, foods for special dietary uses, functional foods, neutraceuticals, health supplements, proprietary foods and such other articles of food which the central government may notify in this behalf.”

–See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/maggi-ban-alcohol-should-be-banned-first-as-it-is-injurious-to-health-says-high-court/#sthash.kvC1R5yb.dpuf

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.