Life is Precious – Strictly Avoid Hidden MSG in the Food Stuffs

Monosodium Glutamate is generally known as Ajinomoto. It is a white crystalline sodium salt and is the main ingredient for enhancing flavour in the Chinese cuisine and finally, it has been moved from Chinese food to the Indian kitchen. No doubt its addition increases the taste in many foods, but, its regular consumption can be very harmful for human health, especially for growing children and pregnant women as they are more prone to this chemical ingredient.  MSG-rich food items increase the glutamate levels in the blood by 8-10 times on consumption. It is an excitatory neurotransmitter that over stimulates the nerve cells. Further, high and regular intake of this chemical disturbs the balance of the neurotransmitter which is responsible for adverse effects on the body. People use this in making several recipes for enhancing taste and getting higher profits because it is a cheaper ingredient and also it is easily available in the market. MSG stimulates the pancreas gland that produces insulin even when the sugar level is in range. This extra insulin content causes a decrease in the blood sugar level due to which one can feel hungry and leads to overeating and obesity. That is why MSG is a known silent killer because it shows its effects with the expense of time. It is used in processing of several food items like ready to eat food packets, dehydrated soup packets, dehydrated gravy packets, instant noodles and cup noodles, preserved fish, all types of sausages, tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, potato wafers, soya sauce, all canned and preserved food items along with all fast food items, mainly Chinese. So, ultimately such types of food stuffs should be completely avoided and it is suggested to prepare these dishes at home without using dangerous MSG and say no to Ajinomoto.

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Harmful side effects caused by consuming Ajinomoto rich food stuffs-

  1. Headache is a common side effect due to MSG which can be turned into a migraine and that can be severe.
  2. It causes shortage of water in the body due to which oedema (swelling in the body) and skin irritation may occur.
  3. It also affects the functioning of the heart and respiratory tract. It increases the problems like acidity and burning sensation of stomach.
  4. It is also triggered the onset of stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhoea.
  5. It weakens the muscles of knee and leg by reducing the calcium levels in the body.
  6. Burning sensation is quite normal by its regular consumption.
  7. MSG is a neurotransmitter which stimulates the nerves and leads to an unhealthy body.
  8. Due to regular consumption of MSG in the diet, it causes irregular heartbeat, cardiac arrest, chest pain and much more.
  9. MSG should be strictly avoided in the pregnancy because it causes miscarriage and finally infertility.
  10. It is also responsible for several health problems such as blood pressure, thyroid, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and obesity.
  11. This ingredient can also be the reason for causing excessive sweating, nausea, dizziness, weakness, damage to the retina of eye and ultimately leads to cancer.

Spectro Analytical Lab offers all the facilities and instruments for analyzing various kinds of chemicals used during processing of foodstuffs. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

What is Organic Food- Let’s take a Look

Now a days organic food is gaining popularity among the consumers. The term organic means the agricultural crops should grow without using chemical pesticides, bioengineered genes, and petroleum and sewage sludge waste fertilizers. Organic produce grown with the natural fertilizers such as manure and compost, crop rotation method is used for controlling weeds or unwanted plants and moreover, pests, insects and rodents are controlled using natural methods like birds, insects, traps and naturally produced pesticides. On the contrary, to those conventionally grown agricultural produce only grown with chemical fertilizers, weeds and pests are controlled by chemical herbicides and insecticides.

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Further, organic animal products mean, animals should only feed organic, i.e. animals may not be provided antibiotics, growth hormones or any other animal by-products. The disease can be prevented by using natural methods like cleaning the surrounding atmosphere, healthy and balanced diet. Whereas, for conventionally produced animal produces, growth hormones are given to the livestock for fast growth and antibiotics and medicines are used to given for treating the animal.

Besides, these differences there are several health benefits of organic food.

  1. Organic food consists of fewer pesticides and much more nutrients than conventionally grown food.
  2. Organic food has long shelf-life, fresh and full of organic flavours as this type of food contains no preservatives that accelerate its shelf-life.
  3. Organic farming is good for atmosphere because the agricultural practices used in the farming decrease pollution, conserve water, soil, increase fertility of soil, and consume less energy.
  4. Organic farming is also good for nearby animal, birds and humans.

As far as monetary benefits are concerned organic food is more expensive than the conventional grown food because as the farmers are not using the chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that is why more man power is required at the farm level and also the organic feed used for the animals is also expensive. On regular consumption of conventionally grown food, pesticide residues accumulated into the human body and exposed people are prone to several health issues like headache, autism, behavioural disorders, hormonal imbalance, birth defects, weak immunity, and different kinds of cancers.

We cannot get rid of the traces of pesticides because washing of the agricultural produce only reduces the pesticide residue but does not eliminate. The best solution is to buy and consume organic food when possible as its cost falls within the budget.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facility for testing traces of pesticides in the given samples by HPLC and GC-MS instruments. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Shocking Truth of Refined Oils

Refined oil is the processed form of natural oil, which can be obtained after treating the natural oils with different chemicals to meet the consumer’s expectations like free from specific colour, odour and flavour, has long shelf life as well as good for frying purposes, but is not good for the digestive as well as respiratory health of the human body. It is also responsible for causing various diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney problems, and many more.

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Let’s have a look at the harmful effects of refined oils.

  1. Chemical exposure: Nickel is used for processing of natural oil, but it has carcinogenic and negative effects on the respiratory system, liver, skin of the human body.
  2. Sodium hydroxide: A harmful chemical added during the refining process and affects the digestive system of the body.
  3. Preservatives: During the refining process, preservatives are added, but preservatives are also not good for human health.
  4. Bleaching agents:  Bleaching, dewaxing, deodorizing, degumming and deacidification are the harmful steps included in the process of refining process. These steps reduce the chlorophyll content, taste and other nutrients of the oil which ultimately increase the oxidation and rancidity in the edible oil. However, bleaching increases the shelf-life of the edible oil in deep fat frying applications.
  5. High Temperature: Refining involves the exposure of natural oil to the high temperature that removes all the natural and beneficial substances from the oil.

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Chemicals used in the refining of oils cause several ailments like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and renal problems, different allergies, premature ageing, ulcers, emphysema, infertility, hypoglycemia and arthritis. Therefore, doctors and nutritionists advised to go for natural, unrefined and cold pressed vegetable oil because refined oil is unfit for consumption. Cold pressed oils are also known as unrefined oils, such oils are mechanically extracted by a machine by applying pressure not the high temperature or in other words such types of oils are extracted in a much healthier way. In this process, the seeds are not subjected to high temperature and harsh chemicals which are carcinogenic in nature that’s why cold pressed oils are full of high flavor and nutritional composition and thus making them a healthier choice for buyers. In cold pressed oil, less than 40-degree temperature should be maintained by which the oils does not lose vitamin and essential fatty acids and maintains its natural characteristics. Once the extracted oil settles, it is filtered and packed into the bottles.
Cold pressed or unrefined oils are much healthier option than the refined oils because unrefined oils like mustard oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil, etc. are generally used in weight loss, it also aids in several above mentioned health issues.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing all the harmful and carcinogenic chemicals in edible oils. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Aluminium Utensils Results in the Degeneration of Brain

Maximum people are using aluminium kitchen ware for cooking and processing of food in the form of frying pans, sauce pans, pressure cookers, teapots, spoons, etc. because of easy availability at affordable prices and good conductor of heat. However, on the regular consumption of food prepared in aluminium cookware causes aluminium poisoning, but people are unaware of the harmful effects of the cheap aluminium cookware sets. These types of utensils are slow poison in the human body, these utensils change the colour and the taste of the food prepared in it by making it contaminated.  Aluminium is highly reactive to the foods which are strongly acidic and alkali in nature, such as tomatoes, spinach etc., but, aluminium leaches faster in acidic foods than that of basic foods. Food prepared in the aluminium utensils can easily absorb aluminium from the utensils as aluminium gets easily dissolved into the food and water during cooking, which readily enters into the bloodstream and deposited in the different organs and part of the human body like muscles, kidneys, liver and bones. The excretory system in our body is not able to extract the accumulated metal in the muscles, kidneys, liver and skeletal system and in the present scenario there is no effective treatment for aluminium poisoning. Therefore, it is unwise to prepare food, tea and coffee in the aluminium kitchen ware. Other possible sources of aluminium poisoning are packaged foods (soups, baked beans, tuna, prawns, sardines, chips, snacks, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables) drinks and beverages such as soft and alcoholic drinks packed in aluminium cans. Further, baby foods and infant formula also contain traces of aluminium significantly.

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Aluminium utensils generally show pitting when aluminium has leached away this proves that aluminium does dissolve in the food and water. The symptoms of aluminium poisoning are hyperacidity, indigestion, flatulence, skin pigmentation, allergy, eczema, dandruff,  loss of memory, depression, anxiety, asthma, appendicitis, renal failure, and problem in eye, diarrhoea, ulcers in the mouth and stomach, abdominal cramps and pain. Its continuous exposure lead to osteoporosis and Alzheimer disease in which patient is not able to collect recent events, but clearly recollects the events that happened in the past. The poisoning of this metal can only be reduced by drinking freshly prepared juice of orange, pineapple and sweet lime, etc. and by replacing the aluminium cookware with the stainless steel or cast iron utensils.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing precious metals and alloys by using XRF, AAS and ICP spectrometers. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Wi-Fi Routers – The silent killer at home

The internet has become an important part of our today’s generation because we are totally relying as well as dependent on the internet services to do various work. As internet is loaded with vast knowledge or in other words, it is the best source of education, therefore, people and students are using the internet for searching literature, entertainment and to play games. Further, people access internet for studying online and submitting an online application form even while at home without any delay and with more comfort. However, it provides all the necessary information that we need without any delay. At the time of busy lifestyle, we can easily purchase food, grocery, fruits and vegetables, shoes, clothing, ornaments, books, medicines and much more. Further, we can also hire an electrician and plumber online through different websites. Wi-Fi Internet makes our life so easy that we can easily communicate with the people who live in far places by making video calling, chatting, sending messages and E-mails instantly to the loved ones through social media sites. Therefore, most of the people, especially younger generation cannot expect a life without this technology and that’s why, experts in this field are involving at their best levels to improve this technology. But, we are not aware of the fact that wireless internet routers or the Wi-Fi modems send the signals to access internet services by using electromagnetic radiations which can negatively affect the overall health of the children or in other words, its exposure is the dangerous soup of radiations, if this wireless internet router set up in the home. The child’s brain absorbs more radiations than adults and affects the overall health as the kids have thinner skulls and skin as compared to that of adults. Today’s lifestyle is so dependent on the services of internet that the Wi-Fi routers don’t get turned off even at night and the connected routers are responsible for damaging the health due to the bad effects of radiations. It transmits the radio signals of frequency matched with the microwave ovens use to cook the food. Wi-Fi radiations responsible for sleeplessness, infertility, cellular damage to fetus, DNA fragmentation, depression, hypertension, heart palpitations, headache, poor health, memory loss and brain damage to the human body. Further, exposure to 4 G radiations, accelerate cardiac stress, changes in DNA and so leads to cancer and development of various tumors because these high-frequency radio waves disturb the natural metabolism of the human body. Now we should be attentive about the negative side effects of the technologies at home and the offices.

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How to reduce the exposure of Wi-Fi radiations-

  1. Wi-Fi radiation exposure reduced greatly by increasing the distance. Walls cannot stop the entry of these harmful radiations so, don’t place the Wi-Fi router in the bedroom or behind the bedroom’s wall.
  2. Exposure during night time causes the serious negative effects on the health so; the better way to get rid of these harmful effects is to turn the switch off at night.

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Microwaved Food is NOT Good –Don’t expose yourself

Microwaves are the high-frequency radio waves mainly used for broadcasting TV, radar for air, sea navigational aids, signals for telecommunications, processing of medicines and cooking food. Like light waves, microwaves are reflected and readily absorbed by the materials that contain moisture, such as foods and liquids, water molecules are bipolar in nature i.e. having positive as well as negative end. In Microwave oven, microwaves are produced in a magnetron, which is a tube that creating an electromagnetic field with 2450 MHz frequency and causes dielectric heating. In the presence of an electric field water molecules rotate rapidly like millions of times per second, creates molecular friction which is responsible for heating up the food. According to manufacturer’s guidelines, microwave ovens are convenient to use and considered safe for heating and cooking foods, but some precautions to be taken while using in order to reduce exposure of high-frequency radio waves. Microwave oven is a cabinet that contained microwave when this cabinet is switched on and the door is closed. As recommended by the international standards this cabinet should be in good condition and leak proof to the microwaves. Microwave users should follow the instructions given, like the door shuts properly, proper functioning of safety device. Its function is to check the leakage of microwaves from being produced when the door is open. If there is any damage to the outer case of the oven, it should not be used further until it has been repaired by a professional service engineer.

Microwaved food is NOT Good

Low blood pressure, slow pulse rate, stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease, headache, dizziness, eye pain, cataract, hair loss, sleeplessness, weakened immune system, and infertility are the main symptoms of Microwave sickness.

  1. Reheating the food in the microwave can destroy the essential nutrients and converts the plate of food into the “dead food” because of dielectric heating of microwaves.  The rotation of water molecules present in food creates molecular friction and start heating the food due to high frequencies in the microwave.
  2. Microwaving also changes the nutritional composition of the food, even at low-temperature heating. Different foods like raw beef, pork and milk lost 30-40% vitamin B-12 during microwave heating.
  3. Carcinogenic substances such as BPA, benzene, toluene and xylene are produced, when the heated foods are wrapped in the plastic materials that are being absorbed by the human body while consuming food.
  4. On consuming microwaved milk and recipes, blood changes its composition like, reduction in red blood cells (RBC), increase in white blood cells and total cholesterol level, which affects the functioning of the heart, experiencing chest pain due to irregular heart beat.
  5. Microwave cooking reduces the bio-availability of vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, and other essential nutrients. It also degraded the quality of meat, vegetables as well as frozen fruits and responsible for the production of carcinogenic chemicals thereby reduces the nutritional content.
  6. Packaging material of microwavable foods like pizzas, chips and popcorn has also released several carcinogenic toxic chemicals into the food. These toxic chemicals included polyethylene terpthalate (PET), dioxin, BPA etc.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for detection carcinogenic toxic chemicals in air, water, and food products. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Keep the mobile phones longer and save the environment

In our today’s lifestyle we cannot live even a single second without cell phones and become an important part of our life as these are the fastest means of communication and further, it helps people to connect with each other at any time and from anywhere. In other words, we can say this technology of communication is the boon, but, due to luxurious lifestyle people frequently used to replace their old mobile phones with the new one as an average in about 18 months. People have its addiction because there are so many features available in a single handy device and as the time passes these mobile gadgets continuously gaining attraction of people as well as many facilities. It is the communication, where a signal is transmitted via electromagnetic wave through radio frequency signals. While using cell-phone, electromagnetic radiations are produced in the form of heat, which consists of ionizing radiations and cause harmful effects. These radiations negatively affect the neurons near the ear and skull region and people using these electronic gadgets are prone to several issues like migraines, deafness, memory loss, headaches, burning skin, high blood pressure, hot ear, restlessness. Growing children absorb much more radiations from the mobile phone than adults and leads to smaller heads, higher tissue conductivity. Further, arsenic, lithium, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc are the poisonous components in mobile phones seep into the ground water when disposed in the landfills and disturbs food chain and cause several health issues. Dumping of mobile phones is not only hazardous, but manufacturing of new cell phones is also very dangerous and both are responsible for the changes in climatic conditions. People used to carry them in their pockets and mobile phone release radio frequency radiations that are greater risks of brain tumors. Lead, mercury, cadmium and hydrochloric acid are the hazardous toxic wastes emitted by the electronic devices into the environment when buried and burned improperly. People throw their old phones in the garbage which go to the land fill and ultimately toxic lead from coatings and nickel and cadmium from batteries reaches to the ground, water and air. These toxic heavy metals cause pollution and taken up through inhalation, drinking contaminated water and eating contaminated food which causes a weak immune system, renal failure, heart failure, lowered IQ, infertility and neurological disorders in human beings. People used to carry them in their pockets. However, Li-Ion batteries lacking heavy metals, but due to high chemical reactivity, can cause environmental pollution. Further, it is also responsible for underground fires and extinguishing of underground fires is not an easy task. So, it is our duty to encourage each and every person by organizing workshops, seminars, campaigns, etc. to take the responsibility for sending their old phones to the recycling organizations and help in protecting the environment in which we live.

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By following these steps, we can save the environment-

  1. Restrict the habit of frequently changing cell phones, this can save your money and time.
  2. If you want to upgrade your mobile phone then, give the old one to the needy person.
  3. If the life of the phone which you are using is finished, send it to electronic recycling organizations because it is very necessary to reuse, recycling and proper disposal of mobile phones to save the human health as well as the surrounding atmosphere.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for heavy metal detection in air, water, and food products. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Unseen effects of pesticides on human health

Fruits and vegetables are a part of a healthy eating diet, but it may contain traces of pesticides. Pesticides are the toxic chemicals such as arsenic, dieldrin, DDE, dioxins, etc. are designed to kill pests but may cause harm to other animals and humans. Exposure to these poisonous chemicals is higher in the case of tomatoes, apples, and peaches, green leafy vegetables including cabbage, spinach, lettuce, pears, grapes, celery, etc. Farmers used to spray these chemical pesticides on the plantation in order to get rid of insects and unwanted plants in the main crop. As the crop grows, it absorbs toxic pesticides and the traces stick to the surfaces of fruits and vegetables that remain on the surface even after washing. Even the low residual concentrations of the synthetic chemicals present in the food may cause serious effects. In adults, it impairs nervous system, disrupt hormones, loss of coordination, asthma, allergic reaction, hypertension, depression, infertility, and also responsible for the development of cancer. It contributes neurological disorders in growing children, including memory loss and impairs learning as children consume more food than adults as compared to their size and weight. These factors make them prone to the harmful effects of these toxic chemicals. These pesticides also responsible for the contamination of surface and ground water as well.

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Suggestions to Consumers:-

  1. Only buy good quality of fruits and vegetables, i.e. free from any spot and blemishes.
  2. Always wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly with water just before consuming and cooking.
  3. Always buy fruits and vegetables from known dealers.
  4. Peeling reduces the concentration of pesticides in fruits and vegetables, so, it is advisable before eating and cooking.
  5. Do not purchase and eat cut fruits from any market.
  6. Throw fruits and vegetables infected with mould/fungus.
  7. Outer leaves of green leafy vegetables like cabbage and lettuce should be discarded to reduce the toxic effects of pesticide residues.
  8. Washing of fruits and vegetables with detergents may absorb the pesticide residues inside.
  9. The quality of fruits and vegetables can check in the testing laboratories.
  10. Always use clean dishes and articles such as chopping board, knives and wash your hands properly with the help of soap and clean water.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facility for testing traces of pesticides in the given samples by HPLC and GC-MS instruments.

Irreparable damage due to Fruits and Vegetables

 A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is greatly recommended for a balanced diet as they widely provide vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals such as antioxidants and other vital nutrients. Further, these are the best source of dietary fibers. People who used to consume fresh fruits and vegetables regularly in their diet have a reduced risk of severe diseases. As the nutrients present in these horticultural commodities are very important for the maintenance of various body functions, these may reduce the risk of heart stroke, cancer and diabetes. In the market fruits and vegetables look so, fresh, shiny and glowing that leads to temptation and so, consumers are bound to purchase these products even on higher rates without knowing the toxic effects.

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Now a days Indian farmers are commonly used to inject oxytocin, a hormone into the unripe fruits and vegetables to accelerates the growth and ripening process in horticultural commodities. These contaminated fruits and vegetables consists of toxic ingredients are now ready for sale. Oxytocin has been greatly used to expedite the growth of plant since 1992. It is a considered as a Schedule-H drug which means that these drugs cannot be purchased without the prescription of any prescribed doctor.

Government of India has banned its use on animals and plants, but despite the ban on sales of this hormonal injection in India, it is easily available in the market of seeds, pesticides and fertilizers at very low price. This hormone acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and medically it is used in case of pregnant women to induce labor, control bleeding after childbirth and also helps in the stimulate the process of lactation in the mother. Farmers widely injected these hazardous chemical ingredients into the horticultural products such as pumpkin, brinjal, members of the gourd family, cucumber and watermelon in order to increase tremendous growth of premature fruits and vegetables, but, it is very difficult by a layman to identify such type of commodities that have been grown with oxytocin. However, its consumption immediately does not cause any ill effects, but in the long run the chemical contamination causes problems like disorders related to nerves, nervous system, eyes, respiratory system and other vital organs of the body. This illegal action has to be stopped immediately by planning secret raids in the fruit and vegetable markets and also instructions should be given about the negative effects of these poisoned commodities.

Spectro Analytical Lab offers all the facilities and instruments for quality testing in order to check adulteration and contamination in all the food articles including agricultural commodities. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Profit makers are ready to poison people at any cost

Due to several health benefits, milk is considered as a complete food that contains all the vital nutrients. Earlier, every person drinks the purest milk and so, extracts many nutrients from the milk. But, we cannot get the essential nutrients from the contaminated milk, whereas, drinking of pure milk is just like a dream now a day’s. Milk is lacking so many healthy nutrients and further some more nutrients are also eliminated during the processing methods in the milk dairies. Moreover, dairy cows are injected with a chemical named oxytocin, a hormone that used to increases the production of milk in cattle. Oxytocin or Pitocin injections are given to the pregnant women for inducing artificial labor, but commercially oxytocin injections are used over the cattle, two times in a day, in tabelas. After injecting the chemical hormone, the stored milk in the udder of the animal released, and giving extra liters of milk. This hormone contracts the uterus of animal causes severe pain each and every time when it is injected into the cattle’s body and its prolonged use causes neurological problems, difficulty in conception that may lead to infertility and with regular use, the cattle loses the control over udder which gets inflamed and infected with the pus and reduces the life expectancy. However, the government of India has banned the use of oxytocin injection on animals because of its several negative health issues under section 12 of Food and Drug Adulteration Act, 1960 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals act. But the rules and regulations exist only on the papers because the milkmen, villagers, and farmers do not follow the regulations and still grabbing the profit by getting the injections from the chemist’s shops without any prescriptions of veterinary doctor and it is quite miserable in India. The injected oxytocin reaches into the human body through the consumption of milk and causes several side effects in men, women and children, such as- Early puberty in girls, Gynecomastia (female-like features in male), Hormonal imbalance in children, cardiovascular problems, including cardiac arrhythmia, increased or decreased blood pressure, premature ventricular contraction etc., irregular monthly cycle in girls and women, loss of vision, renal diseases, memory loss, breast cancer and also impotency in males.

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Milk dairies do not perform this test, however; boiling before consumption is the best option in order to reduce the traces of oxytocin. To minimize the negative effects of oxytocin boiling of even pasteurized milk is recommended.

Spectro Analytical Lab offers all the facilities and instruments for testing adulteration quality and microbial contamination in milk and other dairy products. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.