FOR MI­CRO­BI­O­LOG­I­CAL AC­TIV­ITY (TO­TAL PLATE COUNT, E. COLI)

Consumer Voice - - Comparativ­e Test -

Mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal con­tam­i­na­tion is a very se­ri­ous is­sue for food prod­ucts. While the na­tional stan­dards have not spec­i­fied re­quire­ments in this re­gard, we con­ducted tests on the bis­cuit sam­ples for to­tal plate count (TPC) as well as pres­ence of E. coli. These micro­organ­isms are re­spon­si­ble for many food-borne dis­eases. Due to im­proper or poor hy­gienic con­di­tion dur­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing process, micro­organ­isms may oc­cur in the fin­ished prod­uct. • Two brands, Crem­ica (370 cfu/100 gm) and An­mol (310 cfu/100 gm), were found with a slightly higher to­tal plate count. All other brands had TPC less than 10 cfu/100 gm. As men­tioned ear­lier, there is no re­quire­ment spec­i­fied in the In­dian Stan­dard. • E. coli was ab­sent in all brands.

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