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To­tal sol­u­ble solids in Amer­i­can Gar­den was found

slightly less than the pre­scribed le­gal limit. To­tal sol­u­ble solids was found more than the pre­scribed le­gal limit in all the other brands. Weik­field had the high­est amount at 15.67 per cent.

Acid­ity (as Acetic Acid)

Acetic acid or vine­gar is added in mus­tard sauce for acid­ity. Acid­ity gives taste to the sauce and also works as a preser­va­tive. If acid­ity (acetic acid) is lower than the min­i­mum limit, mi­crobes will be­gin to grow, al­low­ing con­tam­i­na­tion of the prod­uct and re­duc­ing its shelf life. As per FSS Reg­u­la­tions, acid­ity (as acetic acid) con­tent should be not less than one per cent in culi­nary sauce. Acid­ity (as acetic acid) was above the pre­scribed limit

in all brands.

Preser­va­tive (Ben­zoic Acid)

Ben­zoic acid is a most widely used food in­creases the shelf life of the prod­uct and pre­vents the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of nu­tri­tional val­ues, taste and odour, and mi­cro­bial con­tam­i­na­tion. As per FSS Reg­u­la­tions, ben­zoic acid should not be more than 750 ppm (parts per mil­lion) in culi­nary sauce. The reg­u­la­tions make it manda­tory for brands to de­clare any added preser­va­tive on the la­bel. Since a higher quan­tity of preser­va­tive is not de­sir­able, lower is bet­ter for con­sumers. No preser­va­tive (ben­zoic acid) was found in Amer­i­can Gar­den and Fun Foods. These brands have also not de­clared the pres­ence of any preser­va­tive on the la­bel. This is good for con­sumers. In all other brands, sodium ben­zoate was found be­low

the pre­scribed le­gal limit.

Yeast and Mould

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) b) c) d) Name of the prod­uct Trade name, if any Name and ad­dress of man­u­fac­turer/im­porter Batch or code num­ber Glass is a bet­ter pack­ag­ing ma­te­rial be­cause it does not re­act with the food prod­uct. Glass is also eco-friendly. Among the brands we tested, only Weik­field was in glass jar. The oth­ers were in plas­tic bot­tle.

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