Mould

Consumer Voice - - The Surveillance Series -

Moulds are mi­cro­scopic fungi that can live on plants and an­i­mals. Most moulds spoil foods; some form tox­ins that can cause ill­ness. Moulds can grow in a wide range of foods. Freez­ing does not de­stroy moulds. Moulds also need air to grow.

As per FSS Reg­u­la­tions, mould count in jam should be pos­i­tive in not more than 40 per cent of the field ex­am­ined. Mould count in all the brands was found to be less than 10 cfu (colony-form­ing unit) per gram. This means all brands are safe for hu­man con­sump­tion.

Mark­ing

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/im­porter d) Batch or code num­ber e) Net quan­tity in grams f) List of in­gre­di­ents in de­scend­ing or­der g) Month and year of man­u­fac­ture h) ‘Best be­fore’ (month and year to be in­di­cated) i) Nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion j) FSSAI li­cense num­ber k) Logo in­di­cat­ing ‘veg­e­tar­ian’ (green dot) or ‘non

veg­e­tar­ian’ (red dot) sta­tus l) Stor­age in­for­ma­tion m) Max­i­mum Re­tail Price (MRP) n) Cus­tomer-care de­tails

All brands pro­vided the re­quired in­for­ma­tion on their la­bels. All brands pro­vided the re­quired in­for­ma­tion on

their la­bels.

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