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Fat/Oil Content - Lab Result (%) (in 100 Grams)

Fat/oil is an essential part of our diet, being a main source of energy. However, when eaten in large amounts, all fats, including healthy fats, can contribute to weight gain.

On the labels, American Garden declared soya bean and/or canola oil, Fun Foods refined soya bean oil, and Cremica and Del Monte vegetable oil. Cremica and Delmonte did not specify the type of oil used, which means they are not transparent in declaration.

  • Oil Content varied from 51.21 per cent to 54.59 per cent
  • Fat/Oil Content - Label Claim (%) (in 100 Grams)

    In all brands oil percentage was found to be less than the label claim.

    Saturated fat (fatty acids)

    Eating greater amounts of saturated fat (saturated fatty acids) is linked with an increased risk of heart disease and high blood cholesterol levels. So, lower is better for consumers.

  • Lowest saturated fat was found in Fun Foods (8.45 per cent).
  • Unsaturated fats (fatty acids)

    There are two main types of unsaturated fats: monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. These fats help reduce the risk of heart disease and also lower cholesterol levels. So, higher is better for consumers.

  • Highest unsaturated fat was found in American Garden (44.78 per cent).
  • Trans fat (trans-fatty acids)

    Trans fat raises our bad cholesterol and lowers good cholesterol.

    Cholesterol

    Cholesterol is a type of fat/oil in our blood. It is both friend and foe. It is an essential substance for the body’s normal functioning, but if levels in the blood get too high, it becomes a silent danger that puts us at risk of a heart attack.

    Cholesterol is two types:
    i) low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol, and
    ii) highdensity lipoprotein (HDL), also known as ‘good’ cholesterol.

    Marking

    The following information shall be clearly and indelibly marked on the label of each container/ packet as per Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations and Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules:

  • Name of the product
  • Trade name, if any
  • Name and address of manufacturer
  • Batch or code number
  • Ingredients in descending order
  • Net quantity in grams/ml
  • Date, month and year of manufacture
  • The words ‘Best before’ (months to be indicated)
  • Nutritional information
  • Green dot indicating vegetarian status
  • FSSAI license number
  • Storage information
  • Maximum Retail Price (MRP)
  • Customer-care details

  • Bacterial Contamination

    Bacterial contamination is a serious issue for all food products. We conducted tests for total plate count (TPC) and Salmonella.

    Total Plate Count (TPC)

    Total plate count is the amount of viable bacteria in a food product and serves as a key indicator of the product’s overall quality and safety.

  • Total plate count in Cremica was found to be 260 cfu/gram, while in other brands it was below 10 cfu/ gram. As mentioned earlier, for proprietary food there is no standard in India’s Food Safety and Standards Regulations. As per Food Safety Regulations in New Zealand, the maximum permissible limit for TPC in mayonnaise is 10,000. In view of this, all brands we tested can be considered as safe for human consumption.
  • Salmonella

    Salmonella, the name of a group of bacteria, is one of the most common causes of food poisoning.


    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.