PREVIEW OF COMPARATIVE TESTING OF FRESH 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.