Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables


In a recent development, FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC Labs)  has purchased an all new latest model of LCMS-MS manufactured by Waters which has enabled FRAC to perform a variety of new tests in-house and provide highly accurate results in a shorter Turn Around Time (TAT).

One such development has been the development of the testing methods of Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and vegetables.

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The technical team at FRAC floated this great news all around, after working hard on new developments and testing facilities :

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Dear All,

Request you to be informed, that analytical method for the quantitative determination of 42 pesticides (in samples of “Fresh Fruits & Vegetables”) by LC-MSMS has been developed by Instrument lab.

The list of parameters that have been developed are as follows:

List of new pesticides that can now be tested by FRAC
List of new pesticides that can now be tested by FRAC
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We, at FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC), are comitted to ensure the reliability, reproducibility and traceability of analytical data generated for the samples analyzed by us.FRAC follows all international standards of testing. Our aim is to achieve the highest degree of customer satisfaction through following:

FRAC follows all international standards of testing. Our aim is to achieve the highest degree of customer satisfaction through following:

  • Q uality system to follow ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for all our activities, procedures and documentation
  • U nderstanding the need and ensuring that all team members are adequately qualified to provide time bound reliable and accurate testing services to the customers
  • lways reassuring our accuracy and highest quality works by organizing / participating in PT, ILC and IQC programmes.
  • everaging standards and methods that are nationally/internationally approved to attain the highest degree of reproducibility.
  • I nvolving all people to strictly adhere to the confidentiality and integrity of all our activities.
  • T eam spirit within the organization for continous improvement and mutual support.
  • earning to improve our quality works through continous and innovative upgradation.

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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?