Food safety regulator FSSAI on Thursday sought details of the CSE test which claimed to have adulterated top 10 brands of marriage. With this, the authority has raised questions as to why its scheduled tests were not conducted. In the statement, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said that it found that the adulterated elements were discovered by using non-prescribed test trace markers for rice syrup (TMR). Instead, a better scientific marker for rice syrup test (SMR) could be used.
FSSAI mandated SMR test
The statement said that he has seen the investigation of CSE. The FSSAI said that it had already made the SMR test mandatory as it is a much better test to catch the adulteration of rice syrup in honey. The statement said that it is not clear why some tests like SMR have not been done with the sample. It further states that FSSAI has applied for sample details and conducted tests from CSE.
The authority said that once the details are available, the FSSAI can analyze them and take a decision on the rules to be followed and suggest any future fixes which should be incorporated in the test method.
CSE told the claims of companies false
The Center for Science and Environment (CSE) said on Thursday that claims by these companies to meet all Indian criteria are of limited value and language is a juggernaut. He said that the adulteration business is complex. Indian labs testing the parameters set by FSSAI could not catch this adulteration.
CSE on Wednesday claimed that adulteration with sugar syrup has been found in the honey being sold by many big brands in India. In the study, CSE also mentioned the brands being sold by the three companies. Subsequently, Dabur and Patanjali denied those CSE claims. The companies said that these claims seem motivated and their aim is to tarnish the image of the brands.