COM­PAR­A­TIVE TEST

Tomato Ketchup All of these 12 brands will do fine

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It would seem there’s noth­ing that the tomato ketchup does not com­ple­ment. You name it – fried pako­ras or samosas, kadai-tossed veg­eta­bles and ke­babs, a plate of noo­dles, a sand­wich, an omelette, or fast foods like burg­ers and hot­dogs. The com­mon per­cep­tion of the ketchup is that it is a ver­sa­tile, gen­er­ally healthy and low-calo­rie condi­ment. But with so many brands around, it is worth ask­ing if all of them are safe for con­sump­tion, con­sid­er­ing that they use acid­i­fy­ing agents for en­hanc­ing taste as well as pro­long­ing the shelf life? Are they free from yeast and mould? This re­port checks 12 lead­ing brands of tomato ketchup along these and other pa­ram­e­ters that are im­por­tant de­ter­mi­nants of quality, safety and ac­cept­abil­ity.

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ma­jor mi­crobes to as­sess the over­all ac­cept­abil­ity in terms of mi­cro­bial safety. Tomato ketchup and tomato sauce means the prod­uct pre­pared by blend­ing tomato juice/puree/paste of ap­pro­pri­ate con­cen­tra­tion with nu­tri­tive sweet­en­ers, salt, vine­gar, spices and condi­ments and any other in­gre­di­ents suit­able to the prod­uct, and heat­ing to the re­quired con­sis­tency. Tomato paste may be used af­ter di­lu­tion with water suit­able for the pur­pose of main­tain­ing the es­sen­tial com­po­si­tion of the prod­uct.

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