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Food & Farm

Food Testing

Quality of food can be defined as specific criteria, which can be taken into account for a particular food to be used for an intended purpose.

Various factors contributes towards quality of food
The various factors contributing towards quality of food are :

  • Appearance
  • Colour
  • Taste
  • Odour
  • Nutritional value
  • Adulterants
  • Contaminants (Physical, Chemical & Microbiological)
  • Hygiene



Thrust Areas

  • Quality evaluation of various raw and processed food products
  • Quality evaluation of food additives and food packaging materials
  • Method development and validation of analytical techniques
  • Studies on product differentiation
  • Shelf life / stability studies of products at both ambient and accelerated conditions
  • Inspection and certification of product quality
  • Certification of packaging materials for food products
  • Certification of materials used for serving food products
  • Certification of organic food
  • Evaluation of contaminants in foods
  • Development of food products for special purpose


Categories of food products

  • Functional foods
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Spices and Condiments
  • Raw and processed fruits and vegetables
  • Cereals and pulses
  • Sugar, Honey and confectionery
  • Stimulant Foods like Tea, Coffee, Cocoa etc
  • Food additives
  • Vegetable oils and fats
  • Essential Oils
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Meat and meat products
  • Egg and poultry products
  • Food packaging materials
  • Marine products
  • Tobacco & Tobacco Products
  • Soaps & Detergents
  • Cosmetics & Toiletries
  •  Animal Feed


Quality Norms and Protocols:
Analysis is done as per both National and International Standards with the following major protocols :

  • Bureau of Indian Standards
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Food Safety & standards Act 2006, Rules & Regulations 2011
  • Fruit Product Order
  • Association of Official Analytical Chemists International
  • American Association of Cereal Chemists
  • American Oil Chemist’s Society
  • American Spice Trade Association
  • American Dry Products Institute
  • American Public Health Association
  • SriLanka Standard Institution
  • In-house validated methods and procedures
  • Party’s specifications

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