Mysuru: Over 2,000 people including students from various schools in the city participated in the Open Day organised by the Defence Food Research Laboratory.
DFRL, as part of National Technology Day had showcased its products and technologies at the exhibition held at its premises. National Technology Day is observed every year on March 11 to celebrate major technological breakthrough.
The exhibition was inaugurated by DFRL director Rakesh Kumar Sharma. DFRL additional director G K Sharma and heads of various divisions of DFRL were present.
About 27 varieties of food products including anti-ulcerative aloe vera-based fruit spread, fibre-rich bisibele bath and vegetable pulav, ready-to-eat foods based on hurdle technology, 19 food products including albumin bar, chicken biscuits, egg protein biscuits, ergogenic bar and groundnut burfi. Similarly, 27 instantised food and mixes like flax chapatti mix, flax sweet mix, instant carrot halwa and other items were displayed. There were also 14 ready-to-drink juices and beverages, ten ready-to-reconstitute foods.
Scientists displayed the meat testing kit to assess microbiological quality and freshness. Similarly, the milk testing kit is a strip-based detection kit which detects chemical adulterants, added starch, urea, soap, detergents, hydrogen peroxide, boric and neutralizers. "While purchasing milk for defence personnel from farmers, meat and milk are completely tested by the Army through this kit before buying them," said a scientist.
DFRL's additional director A D Semwal and OIC, technology transfer, M Bala Murugan told that DFRL has 468 companies including ITC, Haldirams, MTR, Kohinoor, and others purchasing its technologies. Of them12 companies in cluding Rajaganapathi, Sri Matha Food, Shan Food and others are Mysuru-based.