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Saturday, November 27, 2010

For sake of fellow humans do not smoke

Do you know that when you smoke, you join those responsible for killing of 6 lakh people every year. If you are a consumer of cigarettes and other smoke products, then you should stop smoking. This is the least you can do for your feloow human beings.

It is not only that a smoker causes death of 6 lakh people a year but note that smokimg itself kills 51 lakh people the world over.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Canned rasgullas a health hazard: Report

If you think canned rasgullas are a better option than khoya-based sweets this Diwali, think again. The mouth-watering sweets sold by big brands at high prices have been found to have micro-organisms that can cause diseases. Also, it has been found that most of the canned rasgullas have a higher percentage of syrup than prescribed.

It's claimed that in one of the cans weighing a kilogram, the drained weight of rasgullas was found to be 179 grams only! The maximum drained weight was 367 grams for all brands tested.

This has been revealed in tests conducted by Consumer Voice, an NGO supported by the ministry of consumer affairs. Eight popular brands of rasgullas sold across the country were tested. They were checked for quality, whether they were safe for consumption or not and for sensory test properties. However, officials of some of these companies complained they were not contacted during testing.

``Brands Bikano, Kaleva and MTR did not meet the requirement for bacterial count and failed the test. Brand K C Das also had the bacterial count near about the maximum limit (500 per gram),'' said Sishir Ghosh, head of the NGO. He said the samples were tested at a laboratory approved by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).

The microorganisms are responsible for many food-borne diseases. Traces of heavy metals, including lead and nickel, were also found in some brands of rasgullas. ``Except for Ganguram's, all the brands showed a fat percentage lower than the precribed limit. The fat component adds richness of flavour, contributes to a smooth texture and as per national standards should be at least five per cent,'' said Ghosh.

The tests showed that most of the canned rasgullas contained a high amount of sugar syrup which is generally not used by the consumer. The drained weight of rasgullas ranged between 17.42 per cent and 34.63 percent of the net weight, which consumer activists say is a major non-conformity for most of the brands of this product and loss for consumers. ``The drained weight was found to be lesser than what these companies claim. The consumers are cheated as the cans are filled with syrup,'' said another official of the consumer organisation.

A Bikano Sweets spokesperson, who was not willing to be quoted, told TOI: ``We cannot comment on the report without knowing the details. Our products are up to the mark.'' A sales manager at Kaleva sweets at Gole Market said they maintained the best hygienic standards. ``We are very careful about the quality. I do no know about the reports,'' he said. Officials of the other rasgulla brands could not be contacted despite efforts.