CSIR to roll out technology to check milk for spoilage before buying

New Delhi: CSIR will soon introduce a technology to help consumers check the freshness of milk without opening the package.

The technique, tentatively called “Time-Temperature-Based Deterioration Index Testing,” costs 20-25 paisa per pack. CSIR believes this will facilitate large-scale implementation of the technology.

Speaking at the ongoing IDF World Dairy Summit 2022, CSIR-CFTRI Chief Scientist and Head of Food Packaging and Technology Rajeshwar S. Matche said the average person faces the basic problem of buying a pack of milk, but cannot be sure if it is in the socket itself .

Also an important issue for the organised dairy industry, CSIR’s CFTRI division started working on this specific issue based on market feedback and has so far tested this easy-to-use label based on milk, meat and idli & dosa batters technology.

The team has been working closely with Nandini Dairy on experiments with a near 100% success rate.

“We are sensitive to both the problem of the Indian people and the affordability of this solution. The food products tested so far have been used on a large scale, so one thing we have determined from the beginning is that the technology has to be affordable up,” said Sridevi Annapurna Singh, director of the Central Institute of Food Technology, CSIR, Mysore.

CSIR is working with a technology company to automate this process, as manually applying labels to milk or other food items is a slow process.

Once automated, CSIR will be able to roll out the technology in India and overseas.

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