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 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.