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Parameters Tested

As per FSS Regulations, chilli powder should be free from extraneous colouring matter – that is, free from added colours. In laboratory results, all brands were found free from extraneous colouring matter.

Moisture Content (% by weight)

As per FSS Regulations, moisture content should not be more than 11.0 per cent by weight. Less moisture means more shelf life for the food product and hence lower is better.

  • Moisture content in all brands was as per the legal requirement.
  • Moisture content was found minimum in Catch (5.8 per cent), which, as already stated, is beneficial for consumers. TATA Sampann (6.4 per cent) had the maximum moisture content.
  • Ash Insoluble in Dilute Hydrochloric Acid

    Ash insoluble in dilute hydrochloric acid is an indicator of dirt and dust in the food product – so, lower is better. As per FSS Regulations, on dry basis it should not be more than 1.3 per cent by weight.

  • Ash insoluble in dilute hydrochloric acid (HCL) on dry basis was within the required legal limit in all brands. It was lowest in MDH (0.037 per cent), which, as already stated, is beneficial for consumers. It was highest in TATA Sampann (0.060 per cent).

  • For General Qualities

    Packaging

    Chilli powder shall be packed in clean, sound and dry containers made of metal or glass food-grade polymers. The packing material shall be free from any fungal or insect infestation and should not impart any foreign smell. Each container shall be securely closed and sealed.

  • All brands were packed in polythene, with the exception of MDH, which was packed in cardboard with aluminium laminate inside.
  • Marking

    The following information shall be clearly and indelibly marked on the label of each container/ packet:

    • Name of the product
    • Trade name, if any
    • Name and address of manufacturer
    • Batch or code number
    • Net quantity in gram or Kg
    • Month and year of manufacture
    • The words ‘Best before’ (month and year to be indicated)
    • Nutritional information
    • FSSAI license number
    • Logo indicating ‘vegetarian’ or ‘non-vegetarian’ status
    • Storage information
    • Maximum Retail Price (MRP)
    • Customer-care details
    The importance of marking cannot be overemphasised, as it gives information about the characteristics of the product and/or claims of the manufacturer, all of which help consumers in choosing the product.
  • All brands had labelling as required.

  • Customer-Care Details

    As per Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, every package shall bear the name, address, telephone number, and email address, if available, of the person who can be – or the office that can be – contacted in case of consumer complaints.