As per FSS Regulations, in canned rasgulla the lead should not be more than 2.5 mg/kg by weight.
- Lead content was found within the prescribed limit in all the brands.
- It was not detected at all in Bikano, Haldiram’s, Nanaji, Patanjli, and Kaleva.
- The lead content in KP Das and Bangla was 0.82 and 0.36, respectively.
As per FSS Regulations, in canned rasgulla the maximum permissible level of tin is 250 mg/kg by weight.
- Tin content was not detected in any of the brands.
Tin is used principally in the production of coatings used in the food industry. Food, particularly canned food, therefore represents the major route of human exposure to tin. The main adverse effect on humans of excessive levels of tin in canned beverages or canned foods is acute gastric irritation. Excessive intake of tin can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, fatigue, and headache.
For General Qualities
The material shall be packed in sterilised cans or any other suitable container with as little air as possible. The container should preclude contamination with metals or other impurities.
- All the brands were in tin containers.
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. The following particulars are mandatory for marking/labelling on each pack of rasgulla:
- Name of material, trademark, or brand name, if any
- Name and address of manufacturer
- Batch or code number
- Net weight
- Date of manufacture
- Nutritional claim
- FSSAI license number
- The words ‘Best before’ (date to be given by manufacturer)
- A statement to the effect that the material should be kept in a cool place
- Customer-care details
- Logo indicating ‘vegetarian’ status
- All brands except Bangla had correct labelling. Bangla’s markings did not have manufacturing date and MRP.