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Brands Tested

Unit Price (Rs) of 100 grams

  • The unit price gives a fair idea about the cheapest and costliest brands.
  • As per unit price, Purotein is the costliest brand and Bournvita is the cheapest.


Parameters Tested

Total Plate Count

  • As per FSS Regulations, the total plate count in malt-based food shall not be more than 50,000 cfu per gram.
  • The total plate count was within the prescribed limit in all the brands.
  • Among the tested brands, Boost had the highest total plate count at 400 cfu/gm. Bournvita had the lowest at 30 cfu/gm./li>

Yeast and Mould

  • As per FSS Regulations, the yeast and mould in malt-based food shall not be more than 100 cfu/gm.
  • The yeast and mould were within the prescribed limitin the tested brands, being less than 10 cfu/gm in all of them.

Protein

  • As per FSS Regulations, the protein in malt-based food shall not be less than seven per cent by weight.
  • All the brands met therequirement for protein content. Protein was found highest in Purotein (14.94 cfu/gm)and lowest in Bournvita (8.31 cfu/gm).

E. coli

  • As per FSS Regulations, E. coli (a large group of bacteria) must be absent in malt-based food.
  • E. coli was not found in any of the tested brands.

Packaging

  • Malted food shall be packed in hermetically sealed, clean, and sound tin containers or glass bottles or other moisture-proof containers, such as rigid containers made from high-density polyethylene, or containers made from flexible packaging material, such as laminates of paper, polyethylene, and aluminium foil. The food shall be packed in such a way as to protect it from deterioration during storage.
  • All the brands were in plastic container.

Marking

The following particulars shall be marked/labelled on each pack:

  • Name of material and trademark, if any
  • Name and address of manufacturer
  • Batch or code number
  • Net weight
  • Date of manufacture
  • ‘Best before’ date
  • Nutritional claim
  • Permitted additives
  • MRP
  • FSSAI license number
  • Green dot for vegetarian status
  • Customer-care details
  • All brands had labelling as required.