PREVIEW OF COMPARATIVE TESTING OF FRESH PANEER OR COTTAGE CHEESE

Synthetic paneer is a reality in India and milk adulteration is a way of life. We at Consumer VOICE in yet another endeavor to sensitize consumers are conducting Paneer Adulteration Tests per the Indian Standard IS 13688: 1999 and Food Safety Standard regulation 201. The test not only checks if its synthetic paneer or fresh but also tests various other qualitative and microbial safety parameters. To find the best fresh paneer brands in india, we have taken 9 brands for testing.

Brands Tested:  Amul, Mother dairy, Ananda,Paras, Gowerdhan, Verka,Vita, Nova and Garwal.

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PREVIEW OF COMPARATIVE TESTING OF FRESH PANEER OR COTTAGE CHEESE

What is Paneer or Cottage Cheese?

Paneer or Cottage Cheese means the product obtained from any variant of milk, with or without added milk solids, by precipitation with permitted acidulants and heating. Paneer is widely consumed especially in Northern and Central India as being predominantly vegetarian. Paneer forms an essential dish during special occasions and marriage parties or even if any guest is invited for lunch or dinner.

Is Paneer good for health?

It tr is basically raw cheese that is high in nutritive value. Paneer is rich in calcium and protein and aids in many body processes. Paneer provides instant energy to the body. Apart from variety of recipes like shahi paneer, kadai paneer, palak paneer, bhujia paneer, it is also consumed in raw form, which is the most beneficial form.

Which brands are being tested?

VOICE Society has conducted comparative testing on 9 brands of fresh Paneer as per national standard in an independent, NABL accredited laboratory. The brands names are Amul, Mother dairy, Ananda,Paras, Gowerdhan, Verka,Vita, Nova and Garwal.

What test methodology was used for detection of Milk adulteration (the raw material of paneer)?

The test program for Comparative Testing study is mainly based on relevant Indian Standard IS 13688: 1999 and Food Safety Standard regulation 2011 for Fresh Paneer. Sensory tests were also conducted involving experts and regular consumers of paneer.

What are the key findings?
The key test findings on various qualitative and microbial safety parameters will be available soon. Please drop us your email id  here if you wish to know the results as soon as they are published. Keep watching this space for best fresh paneer brands in India well as value for money.
Are there any paneer adulteration tests that can be conducted at home?

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) suggests a simple test to check the adulteration of milk and milk products like paneer at home. Check Food Adulteration Tests   that you can do at home for paneer here.

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