Ash is the portion of food that remains after it is burned at very high temperatures. It also indicates dirt and dust remaining in the product. As per FSS Regulations, total ash content in oats shall not be more than 2.0 per cent on dry basis. Total ash was found within the prescribed limit in all the brands. The least amount was found in Bagrry’s and the most
was in Kellogg’s.
The material shall be packed in clean, sound, dry, and airtight containers made of tinplate, food-grade plastics, or any other non-toxic packing material that may be covered with a moisture proof film, waxed paper, or moisture-proof laminates. The inner layer coming in contact with the oats shall be of food-grade quality or coated paper.
All the brands were in thermoplastic material.
The following information shall be clearly and indelibly marked on the label of each container/packet: a. Name of the product b. Trade name, if any c. Name and address of manufacturer d. Batch or code number e. Net quantity in grams or kilograms f. List of ingredients, in descending order of their
composition by quantity g. Month and year of manufacture h. The words ‘Best before’ (month and year to be
indicated) i. Nutritional information j. Logo indicating ‘vegetarian’ or ‘non-vegetarian’ status ‘Customer care’ details All brands had labelling as per FSS Regulations requirement.