Key Find­ings

Consumer Voice - - Comparative Test -

Based on the over­all test find­ings, Heinz is the top per­former with Maggi com­ing a close sec­ond. The value-for-money brand is Weik­field. Maggi is the top per­former in the sen­sory panel tests. All the brands met the min­i­mum re­quire­ments spec­i­fied in the na­tional stan­dards, mak­ing them safe for con­sump­tion. That said, mod­er­ate con­sump­tion is ad­vis­able since ketchups con­tain preser­va­tives, salt and vine­gar. As per the test find­ings, Heinz is the only brand that does not con­tain any preser­va­tive. All the tested brands were found to be well within the spec­i­fied lim­its for heavy metal (ar­senic, lead).

They were also found to be safe in terms of mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal re­quire­ments. All brands were free from added colour. Ly­copene, a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring pig­ment with ben­e­fi­cial health ef­fects, was found in high­est quan­tity

in Kis­san, fol­lowed by Heinz and Weik­field.

Ly­copene con­tent in tomato ketchup is an in­di­ca­tor of the quality of the tomato con­tent in it. The more the ly­copene, the more is the ripened tomato con­tent. Low lev­els of ly­copene in­di­cate the use of ei­ther less or un­ripe quan­tity of tomato pulp or poor quality of toma­toes.

So far, no re­quire­ment for ly­copene has been spec­i­fied in FSS Reg­u­la­tions or BIS.

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