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.
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
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
- FSSAI license number
- Green dot for vegetarian status
- Customer-care details