Mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal ac­tiv­ity

Consumer Voice - - Mixed Fruit Juices And Drinks -

Mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal tests were con­ducted on the fruit juices/drinks to as­sess their mi­cro­bial load and to check for the pres­ence of path­o­genic bac­te­ria. Due to im­proper or poor hy­gienic con­di­tion dur­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing process, micro­organ­isms may oc­cur in the fin­ished prod­uct. All the brands were tested for such mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties as to­tal bac­te­rial count, co­l­iform count, E. coli count, and yeast and mould count. In­cu­ba­tion test­ing was also car­ried out. • • All the brands passed in the mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal tests and can be con­sid­ered safe for con­sump­tion.

Pes­ti­cide residues

Pes­ti­cide is a chem­i­cal or bi­o­log­i­cal agent (such as a virus, bac­terium, an­timi­cro­bial, or dis­in­fec­tant) that de­ters, in­ca­pac­i­tates, kills, or oth­er­wise dis­cour­ages pests. Pes­ti­cides may cause acute and de­layed health ef­fects in peo­ple who are ex­posed. Such ad­verse health ef­fects range from sim­ple ir­ri­ta­tion of the skin and eyes to more se­vere ef­fects like af­fect­ing the ner­vous sys­tem, mim­ick­ing hor­mones caus­ing re­pro­duc­tive prob­lems, and caus­ing can­cer. We con­ducted tests for 51 pes­ti­cide residues as per re­quire­ments of FSSAI. All the brands were found within the lim­its spec­i­fied by the na­tional stan­dard and thus passed the tests.

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