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

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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.

Read Also: Benefits of consuming juice extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables

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

Read More: More new developments at FRAC. Now Taurine too can be tested at FRAC

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

Everything You Need To Know About Taurine!

Take a pass on the “crash and burn” high from caffeine and sugar – and taurine. The ingredients of these drinks, both mysterious and some not too mysterious, are a recipe for disaster. They may “give you wings,” but you’ll soon come tumbling down – and in the long run, crash really hard.


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC), food, beverage and environment testing laboratory has constantly been working on developing test methods of various new and complex parameters that are present in food we eat and drinks we consume. In a recent development, FRAC’s technical team has developed testing facility for analysis of Taurine, am amino compound found in every energy drink that is out there in the market.

Read: What happens when you consume Energy Drinks?

Here is everything you need to know about Taurine

Taurine is an amino sulfonic acid, but it is often referred to as an amino acid, a chemical that is a required building block of protein. Taurine is found in large amounts in the brain, retina, heart, and blood cells called platelets. The best food sources are meat and fish.

Some people take taurine supplements as medicine to treat congestive heart failure (CHF), high blood pressure, liver disease (hepatitis), high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), and cystic fibrosis. Other uses include seizure disorders (epilepsy), autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), eye problems (disorders of the retina), diabetes, and alcoholism. It is also used to improve mental performance and as an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells of the body from damage that results from certain chemical reactions involving oxygen (oxidation). (Source: WebMD)

Read : How aspartame, an artificial sweetner, has become a sweet poison!

Because taurine is utilized by the body during exercise and in times of stress, it’s become a popular ingredient in energy drinks. Taurine shows an anxiolytic effect on the central nervous system, causing a possible reduction of anxiety symptoms associated with caffeine intake. While this may sound beneficial, perhaps its not the best thing to intake when seeking energy for your daily tasks.

Side Effects of Taurine

Since taurine produces high level of anxiety symptoms, over consumption of energy drinks may cause a cardiovascular problem. Studies have implicated energy drinks in illnesses ranging from high blood pressure to strokes and seizures to heart disease. For these reasons it’s been banned in some Scandinavian countries after being linked to the deaths of three consumers. (Source: GlobalHealing)

Did you know you could predict a heart attack?

Take a pass on the “crash and burn” high from caffeine and sugar – and taurine. The ingredients of these drinks, both mysterious and some not too mysterious, are a recipe for disaster. They may “give you wings,” but you’ll soon come tumbling down – and in the long run, crash really hard.

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Everything you need to know about Amino Acids!

You need essential amino acids in your daily diet because your body cannot make them. If you do not get essential amino acids in your diet, proteins break down, resulting in muscle loss and problems with repair. Amino acids, which are building blocks of proteins, can be essential, non-essential or conditional.


Your body needs more than 20 total amino acids to build and repair muscles and tissues. The nine essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.

Amino acids in food make up protein. When protein is digested it is once again broken down into specific amino acids, that are then selectively put together for different uses. These new proteins formed in the body are what make up most solid matter in the body: skin, eyes, heart, intestines, bones and, of course, muscle.

That’s why understanding what each of these aminos can do and getting more of them in your diet can be very beneficial to reaching specific goals, such as muscle building. Of course, one mustn’t exaggerate, because a good protein balance is what provides health and stability, without it any of the amino acids can become toxic.

An issue that has been brought up in the case of phenylalanine, but holds true for all amino acids. To counter potential harmful effects, getting enough vitamins and minerals is important because they insure proper conversion of protein to amino and vice versa.

Depending on who you talk to, there are around 20 to 22 standard amino acids. Of those 20-22, 8 to 10 of them are considered essential, which means that you need to get a certain amount of them in your diet to function properly – our bodies cannot synthesize them from other materials, so we only get them from food.

Since aminos are the building blocks of protein, I’m sure you get plenty of all of them, but this article will show you the benefits of supplementing with extra free form amino acids, going in to deep detail of what too much or too little of several of them can do, what they do in the body and how much and when you should use them.

Next to the 8 essential amino acids, there are around 14 non-essential amino acids and a whole host of other metabolites classed as amino acids which are derived from the 8 essential ones. Next to the 8 essential aminos, I will try to discuss a number of them that have made the headlines recently: L-Glutamine, L-Arginine, L-Carnitine, L-Cysteine, and HMB.

Source: Body Building Guide

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You need essential amino acids in your daily diet because your body cannot make them. If you do not get essential amino acids in your diet, proteins break down, resulting in muscle loss and problems with repair. Amino acids, which are building blocks of proteins, can be essential, non-essential or conditional. Non-essential and conditional amino acids are made in your system, so you do not need to worry about consuming them each day. Knowing which foods provide all or some of the essential amino acids helps you make sure you body gets adequate amounts. Source: Healthy Eating

 

Quality Policy


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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FICCI Research and Analysis Centre is placed at: Plot 2A, Sector 8, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110077.
We are NABL accredited, BIS Certified, DPCC and FSSAI Empanelled; our testing scope includes testing of all Foods, Beverages and Environment (air, noise, waste water, hazardous waste).

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How To Test Honey Purity?


We came across an interesting video on Youtube, about how to test the honey in your shelf, if its pure?

Many times, the honey we buy, is fluked. And we end up paying good amount of money for a adulterated honey. So how do we test, at home, if the honey we bought is pure or impure?

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Grab that bottle of honey from your kitchen shelf, and follow these simple steps! Yes! You can test honey’s purity at home! Let us know if your purchase was pure or not?

Mother Dairy Bites the Dust


Just about a month back, Mother Dairy was in news for all the wrong reasons, having failed tests where it was found that the milk samples contained detergents. And now, Ghaziabad FDA has again failed some milk samples.

A Kolkata based central laboratory had recently sent milk samples (fullcream and toned) to the Ghaziabad FDA for retesting, and it was found that the milk samples this time not only contained detergents, but also contained frozen fats.

District FDA teams had collected samples of “full cream milk” on January 11 from a Mother Dairy booth situated at H-Block in Govindpuram, while samples of toned milk were collected on January 30 from the booth situated at 100 feet road in Loni, in the district, he said.

A report from ABP News is here below:

Also Read : Is milk safer than milk powder?

In the past, there have been certain issues reported regarding Mother Dairy’s probiotic milk as well. It seems the food safety is now being taken care of, and very strictly, as many products have been put away from shelves recently under FSSAI norms and guidelines!

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.