Monday, July 9, 2012

CIPHET gets Rs 2.68 crore project for developing instant kits to detect adulteration

Ludhana, July 7:

In a significant achievement, Central Institute of Post-harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) has bagged a Rs 2.68 crore of prestigious project on 'Development of Spectroscopy Methods for Detection and Quantification of Adulterants and Contaminants in Fruit Juices and Milk'. Indian Council of Agriculture Research's (ICAR) national fund would be sponsoring this project.

"The main objective of the project is to detect and quantify all kinds of adulterants including the artificial milk in natural milk and sugars in apple/mango juice. Detection of some toxins such as Aflatoxin in milk and Patolin in apple juice will also be attempted." informed, Dr S.N Jha, Head, Agricultural Structures and Environmental Control Division (AS&EC), adding that the project would be completed in three years.

Dr. U.S. Shivahre, Director CIPHET, said that upon successful completion of this project adulterants in milk and juices will be detected. It will aid food inspectors and other quality checking staff to detect adultration on the spot and consumers can be saved from taking adulterated milk and juices," he added. CIPHET, lead centre of the project, would be working in partnership with the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi in this project.
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