Pineap­ple Jam

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Consumer Voice - - The Surveillance Series -

Fruit jam is one the pro­cessed foods that is con­sumed by a large chunk of the ur­ban and semi­ur­ban pop­u­la­tion; it is es­ti­mated that the nor­mal one-time con­sump­tion by an in­di­vid­ual touches about 40–50 gm (two ta­ble­spoons) among adults as well as chil­dren. It will help to re­mem­ber that a large part of the in­take is in the form of sugar, which is a ma­jor in­gre­di­ent as per the test re­sults as well as the la­bel dec­la­ra­tion. There­fore, in­take quan­tity has to be mon­i­tored while reg­u­larly con­sum­ing fruit jams. Apart from that, what do we know about the acid­ity in jams and how much preser­va­tives they need? What are the chances of mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal con­tam­i­na­tion? We chose five pop­u­lar brands of pineap­ple jam and put them to test for ba­sic qual­ity and safety pa­ram­e­ters set by the na­tional stan­dards.

The tests were car­ried out in an NABLac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­tory. The per­for­mance of the five brands along the cho­sen pa­ram­e­ters is ex­pected to help con­sumers make an in­formed choice. It may be noted that of the five brands, only one, Dana, was im­ported; rest all were man­u­fac­tured in In­dia.

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