Khoa or Mawa is widely used in making most Indian sweets. Due to the versatile nature of Khoa, it is the main ingredient in an array of Indian sweets such as barfis, pedas, milk cake, kalakand, halwas and more.
FSSAI said in press statement that this time again it has been reported that adulterated Khoa is being manufactured and marketed across the country. Federation of Sweets and Namkeen manufacturers recently met the chief executive officer of FSSAI and inter alia raised the issue of adulterated Khoa being supplied to them.
As a result, a pilot survey was conducted by the Department of Food Safety, Delhi, under the guidance of FSSAI by placing Food Safety on Wheels (FSWs) at Mori Gate Khoa Mandi in Delhi between 31 August to 4 September 2020. During this survey, Khoa samples were tested by the FSW staff for three parameters, such as titratable acidity, maximum added starch, and added sugar in Khoa.
A part of the Khoa samples was also sent to the State Food Testing Laboratory to test the other five parameters, including urea, detergent, neutralizer, Baudouin, and BR reading. Considering that there was some failure in the samples collected at Delhi during the pilot survey, it has been decided to conduct a PAN –India Khoa Quality survey.
The Commissioner Food Safety of all States and UTs have been requested to select Khoa mandis in their respective States or UTs, especially in big cities, and place the FSWs for five days from 12 to 16t October 2020 and encourage Khoa buyers to get their Khoa sample tested. So far, the food authority has received ~700 samples for testing across 15 States and UTs. Others will submit the data soon.
The test results are expected in a month’s time. The final survey results will help identify the critical hot spots for adulteration of Khoa in different parts of the country and strengthen efforts at the States and UT level in devising targeted enforcement drives in the coming months. The whole exercise is aimed at ensuring availability of pure and safe Khoa for safe Indian sweets in the country.