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Rapid food testing devices and kits to redefine food safety in 2020

4,January, 2020
 
 
 
FSSAI has made a quick progress towards the use of advanced technologies for food testing in the year 2019. Several new rapid food testing devices/kits for detection of food-borne pathogens and toxins were introduced in 2019. These devices ensure faster, better and cheaper real-time testing of food. These are expected to become an integral part of quality assurance/quality control programmes in the food industry, and also for regulatory and surveillance purposes in 2020.

In 2019, the country’s apex regulator had finalised the regulations for approval of rapid testing devices, kits and methods to strengthen the food testing ecosystem in the country. It has so far approved 30 rapid food testing kits/devices under these regulations, given as per List 1 attached below.

FSSAI is also providing these kits/devices to the state governments for use by field officers and get quicker and validated results for tests conducted on different food products, such as milk and edible oils, amongst others. Steps have been initiated to make these available on the government eProcurement marketplace (GeM) portal so that further procurements can be made by governments and local bodies on their own. FSSAI has invested over Rs 5 crore on this so far.

Only two out of 30 rapid kits/devices are indigenously manufactured, the rest are imported despite the fact that many research and scientific institutions are engaged in the development of such kits and devices.

FSSAI has initiated steps so that indigenously developed kits/devices are validated and approved under its regulations on a fast track basis.

Work has begun on 30 of these kits/devices as per List 2 attached below. These were on display at the second Eat Right Mela, organised in New Delhi recently.

Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive officer, FSSAI, informed that the regulator would spend over Rs 20 crore and procure rapid food testing kits and devices. These would be provided to field officers through the state governments.

He hoped that various states would also buy such kits/devices from the GeM portal to make them widely available with the enforcement officials. Once, such kits and devices are widely used for regulatory purposes, the food industry would also begin to use them for internal quality assurance and quality control purposes.

Agarwal pointed that there is a market potential of Rs 1,000 crore for such kits/devices in India alone. He hoped that the wider use of rapid food testing kits and devices for food testing would be a game-changer for India in 2020, and build greater public confidence in food available in the marketplace.

List 1: Approved rapid kits/devices
 

Serial Number

Test kit name

Manufacturer

Matrices

1

Raman –1: Edible oils and fats

Oak Analytics India Pvt Ltd

Edible oils

2

 

3

4

5

6

 

7

Extenso kit 075/kit 275: Veterinary drug and antibiotics

Bioeasy (M1): Aflatoxin

Coliform count plates: Total coliform Aerobic count plates: Aerobic count Petrifilm Staph Express Count Plate + Disks): Staphylococcus aureus

Petrifilm EC plate: Enterobacteriaceae count

Unisensor, Belgium Indifoss Analytical Pvt Ltd 3M India Ltd, Bengaluru

Milk

8

9

10

Colilert and Colilert-18: Total coliform Pseudalert: Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Alcolyzer ME: Alcoholic beverages

IDEXX Lab Pvt Ltd

Anton Paar India Pvt Ltd

Water and alcoholic

beverages

11

12

13

 

14

 

15

Compact Dry (Coliforms): Coliforms Salmonella Velox: Salmonella

Petrifilm aerobic count plates: Aerobic count

E coli/coliform count plate: E coli/coliform count

Petrifilm Staph Express Count Plate +

Disks: Staphylococcus aureus

Nissui Pharma, Japan DNA Diagnostic, Denmark 3M India Ltd, Bengaluru

Meat and meat products; fish and fish products

16

17

 

18

19

20

21

22

 

23

Reveal 2.0: E coli

Petrifilm Staph Express Count Plate + Disks: Yeast and mold

PetrifilmY&M count : Yeast and mold Compact sry (E coli): E coli compact Dry (TPC): Total plate count compact Dry (BC): Bacillus cereus compact Dry (SA): Staphylococcus aureus

Compact Dry (Y&M): Yeast and

mold

Neogen (India) Pvt. Ltd 3M India Ltd, Bengaluru

 

 

Nissui Pharma, Japan

Raw and finished food

24

25

26

27

28

29

Vitek 2 compact: Pathogens Vidas (Tempo): Pathogens

Analytical profile index: Pathogens GeneUP: Virus and pathogens

Vidas: Pathogens

Reveal Q+Max: Pathogens

Biomerieux S A, France

 

 

 

 

Neogen (India) Pvt Ltd

Automated system for rapid detection of pathogens in food

matrices

 
List 2: Indigenously-developed rapid kits/devices
 

Serial number

Test kit name

Name of the developer/institute

Matrices

1

2

 

3

4

5

Formaldehyde detection kit

Ammonia detection kit

17 a MT ELISA Kit : Hormones 17 a, 20 ß DIOHP ELISA kit

11-KT ELISA kit: Hormones

ICAR-CIFT,

Kochi (commercialised by HiMedia Laboratories)

NIHFW, New Delhi

Fish and fish products

6

7

Argemone oil detection kit

Mustard oil check

CSIR-IITR, Lucknow

Edible oils

8

9

10

Iron fortified salt iodised salt

Salt iodine rapid test

NIN Hyderabad HLL Lifecare Ltd (Commercialised by-HLL

Lifecare Ltd)

Iron fortified salt

Salts

Iodised salt

11

12

 

13

 

14

 

15

16

17

Food animal species identification Carotenoid-based assay to ascertain the cattle origin of tissues

Natural dye-based time temperature indicators

Natural dye-based quality evaluation of frozen/chilled mutton and chicken

ELISA kit for Dexamethosone ELISA kit for MPA

ELISA kit for Prednisolone

ICAR-IVRI, Izatnagar

 

 

 

 

DFRL, Mysuru NIHFW, New Delhi

Meat and meat products

 

 

 

 

Frozen/chilled mutton and chicken

Meat and meat products

18

 

 

19

20

 

21

 

 

22

 

23

24

25

26

27

Kit for detection of adulteration in milk – small, medium, large

 

KEMAT – Milk goMATA – Milk

 

Kit for detection of adulteration in milk

Spore-based kit for detection of antibiotic residues

Milk test (Strip-based) Antibiotics milk test (Strip-based)

Pesticide Milk Progesterone ELISA/LFIA

L-lactate sensing using nanomaterials

Strip assay to check adulteration

NDDB, Anand (Commercialised by Jupiter Glass Works) Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra

NDRI,

Karnal (Commercialised by Delmos Research Pvt Ltd)

NDRI, Karnal (Commercialised by Florecer Services Ltd)

 

 

NIHFW, New Delhi NIFTEM, Kundli

 

CSIR-IITR, Lucknow

Milk adulteration (detergent, neutralisers, urea, hydrogen peroxide, glucose, maltodextrin, sucrose)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milk

Milk, baby milk

 

Milk

28

29

 

30

Total aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1 and G2)

Rapid testing Kit for differentiation of pathogens

Biokit for detection of organophosphate

and organocarbamate pesticides

NIFTEM, Kundli

IIT, Gandhinagar

 

BARC, Mumbai

Cereal, pulses, fruits, vegetables and bseverages

 
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