Mould Count

Consumer Voice - - The Surveillance Series -

TSS per­cent­age in all brands was found to be more than the pre­scribed le­gal limit. High­est TSS per­cent­age was found in Dabur (12.07), and the low­est in Smart Cook (11.03). Brand Dabur Kis­san Safal Smart Cook


Lab Re­sults (%) 12.07 11.07 11.04 11.03

Ly­copene is the nat­u­ral sub­stance (part of the carotenoid group) re­spon­si­ble for the deep red colour in many foods, most par­tic­u­larly in toma­toes. When a tomato ripens, it be­comes red in colour, which is pri­mar­ily due to ly­copene. Ly­copene con­tent of toma­toes de­pends on the species of tomato and it in­creases as the tomato ripens. A higher ly­copene con­tent is ben­e­fi­cial for con­sumers. Ly­copene con­tent was found high­est in Dabur and

low­est in Safal. Brand Dabur Smart Cook Kis­san Safal Lab. Re­sults (mg/100gram) 15.81 15.06 6.51 4.31

Moulds are mi­cro­scopic fungi that live on plant or an­i­mal mat­ter. Mould in food may cause al­ler­gic re­ac­tions and res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems. A few moulds pro­duce my­co­tox­ins, poi­sonous sub­stances that can make peo­ple sick. Mould count was found ab­sent in all the four brands,

mak­ing them safe for hu­man con­sump­tion.

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