Bac­te­rial Con­tam­i­na­tion

Consumer Voice - - The Surveillance Series / Mayonnaise (Eggless) -

Low­est sat­u­rated fat was found in Fun Foods (8.45 per cent). Brand Fun Foods Del Monte Ameri­ran Gar­den Crem­ica 2) Un­sat­u­rated fats (fatty acids)

There are two main types of un­sat­u­rated fats: mo­noun­sat­u­rated fats and polyun­sat­u­rated fats. These fats help re­duce the risk of heart dis­ease and also lower choles­terol lev­els. So, higher is bet­ter for con­sumers. High­est un­sat­u­rated fat was found in Amer­i­can

Gar­den (44.78 per cent). Brand Amer­i­can Gar­den Crem­ica Del Monte Fun Foods Sat­u­rated Fatty Acids (%) (in 100 Grams of May­on­naise) 8.45 9.42 9.80 10.99 Un­sat­u­rated Fatty Acids (%) (in 100 Grams of May­on­naise) 44.78 42.95 42.85 42.75 3) Trans fat (trans-fatty acids)

Trans fat raises our bad choles­terol and low­ers good choles­terol. No trans fat was de­tected in the lab re­sults for the

four brands. 4) Choles­terol

Choles­terol is a type of fat/oil in our blood. It is both friend and foe. It is an es­sen­tial sub­stance for the body’s nor­mal func­tion­ing, but if lev­els in the blood get too high, it be­comes a silent dan­ger that puts us at risk of a heart at­tack. Choles­terol was not de­tected in the lab re­sults.

Bac­te­rial con­tam­i­na­tion is a se­ri­ous is­sue for all food prod­ucts. We con­ducted tests for to­tal plate count (TPC) and Sal­mo­nella. 1) To­tal Plate Count

To­tal plate count is the amount of vi­able bac­te­ria in a food prod­uct and serves as a key in­di­ca­tor of the prod­uct’s over­all qual­ity and safety. To­tal plate count in Crem­ica was found to be 260 cfu/gram, while in other brands it was be­low 10 cfu/ gram. As men­tioned ear­lier, for pro­pri­etary food there is no stan­dard in In­dia’s Food Safety and Stan­dards Reg­u­la­tions. As per Food Safety Reg­u­la­tions in New Zealand, the max­i­mum per­mis­si­ble limit for TPC in may­on­naise is 10,000. In view of this, all brands we tested can be con­sid­ered as safe for hu­man con­sump­tion. Brand Amer­i­can Gar­den Del Monte Fun Foods Crem­ica 2)

Sal­mo­nella Mark­ing

Lab Re­sult (cfu/gram) <10 <10 <10 260

Sal­mo­nella, the name of a group of bac­te­ria, is one of the most com­mon causes of food poi­son­ing. In all of the brands, Sal­mo­nella was found ab­sent per

25 grams, mak­ing them safe for hu­man con­sump­tion.

The fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion shall be clearly and in­deli­bly marked on the la­bel of each con­tainer/ packet as per Food Safety and Stan­dards (Pack­ag­ing and La­belling) Reg­u­la­tions and Le­gal Metrol­ogy (Pack­aged Com­modi­ties) Rules: (a) Name of the prod­uct (b) Trade name, if any (c) Name and ad­dress of manufacturer

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