CSIR-CFTRI demonstrates detection of adulterants in oils, spices, sweets, milk, honey

CSIR-CFTRI, in an effort to ensure total food safety, demonstrated the detection of adulterants in edible oils, spice products, sweets, milk, honey and so on. This was through use of analytical instruments used by food safety laboratories such as EA-IRMS, LCMS/MS, GC, HPLC, GC-MS/MS, ICP-AES.

The institute also houses the Food Safety and Protection department. Its dual focus is on food protection and infestation control. The other is on food safety and analytical quality control lab.

At a recently-concluded World Food Safety Day 2023 function, observed annually on June 7, this year’s theme was Food Standards Save Lives. In view of this, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru, a constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, celebrated the event on its campus for the benefit of students.

Here CSIR-CFTRI went on to create awareness among people on food safety, food-borne diseases such as diarrhoea to cancers and fatality due to unsafe food. It was the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO), which worked together to declare June 7 as the food safety day. This was in a bid to highlight that food safety is a critical global concern as unsafe food can lead to food-borne illnesses, which can have severe health consequences. Each year, World Food Safety Day focuses on a specific theme to address different aspects of food safety.

Demonstration on food hygiene and microbial safety was also arranged. Also, posters on food regulation, food labelling and nutritional labelling, food addition & contaminants were also exhibited. More than 150 students from various colleges participated in the programme which included the students from St. Philomena’s college, JSS College, Jnanodaya PU College and so on from Mysore.

Dr. Navin Kumar Rastogi, Chief Scientist & Director-in Charge, CSIR-CFTRI, formally inaugurated the event and addressed the gathering on the importance and awareness on World Food Safety Day 2023, its significance and its benefits to the society. Arrangements were made in the Department of Food Safety & Analytical Quality Control Laboratory of CSIR-CFTRI to celebrate the World Food Safety Day on June 7, 2023. Scientists, Technologists, Scholars and Research Students organised the demonstration on detection of adulterants in edible oils, spice products, sweets, milk, honey and so on.