| Sodium Chloride || As per the requirement |
As per FSS Regulations, sodium chloride content in the salt shall not be less than 96 per cent by weight on dry basis.
Sodium chloride content was as per the requirement in all the brands.
It was highest in Aashirvaad (97.95 percent) and lowest in the Tata brands (96.61 percent).
Sodium in Tata Salt Lite (low sodium) was found to be higher (35.87 gm/100gm) than the claimed value (33.2 gm/100gm). Sodium in Saffola Salt Plus (less sodium) was found to be 33.77 gm, less than the claimed value of 35.3 gm (this may be beneficial for consumers who want less sodium in their iodised salt).
| Iodine || As per FSS specifications |
As per FSS Regulations, iodine content in edible iodised salt at retailer level shall not be less than 15 ppm (parts per million) on dry weight basis.
Iodine content was as per FSS specification in all the brands.
It was highest in Saffola (47.78 ppm) in the ‘low sodium’ category. In regular ‘iodised salt’ category, Aashirvaad contained the highest quantity of iodine (47.63 ppm). The high iodine content in Saffola and Aashirvaad is good for consumers who need to make up for any iodine deficiency they may have.
Iodine content was found lowest in JMD Good Health (18.47 ppm).
| Packaging || Was in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) packaging. |
The material shall be packed in food-grade plastic. The thickness of the plastic film used for packing shall be not less than 50 microns.
All the brands were in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) packaging
| Marking || Had labelling as required. |
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
Date of manufacture
Instruction for storage
FSSAI license number
Green dot for vegetarian status
Any nutritional claim is optional.
All brands had labelling as required.