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Food and Nutrition Programme
Objectives and achievements

The aim of the food and nutritional sciences development programme of the Department of Biotechnology is to foster translational research and develop novel products and processes and to generate new knowledge which can be utilised by the industry.

The following are priority areas:

  • Addressal of various micro and macro nutrient deficiencies by understanding their metabolism and develop appropriate food fortification interventions based on clinical evidence. b)Biotechnology research on food safety
  • Development of rapid diagnostic kits for detection of various food borne pathogens
  • Development of analytical methods for detection of Genetically Modified foods and products derived them from
  • Utilisation of agricultural residues for obtaining value added products and low cost nutrient food supplements
  • Development of nutraceuticals/ health food supplements/ functional foods
  • Development of bio additives (food colorants, flavours and preservatives .h) Development of nutrient foods/food supplements.

Significant achievements:-

Fortified products for anemia addressal:

Fortified wheat Flour Clinical studies demonstrated the efficacy of sodium-Iron-EDTA fortified wheat flour in school going children.

Fortified Rice Premix Technology for Iron Fortified Rice Premix developed. clinical efficacy trials done on school going children.

Health Care Products

Iron Folic Acid dispersable tablets have been developed, validated for their physical and chemical stability. Pilot scale production facility has been developed.

A composite “Mineral Vitamin Mix” comprising of 21 ingredients has been developed for addressal of malnourishment in children

A ready to use therapeutic food formulation has been developed for addressal of severe acute malnourishment in children

Diarrhoea Management

Role of Zinc in management of diarrhoea established through clinical trials

Technology diffusion of dispersible zinc tablets with bitter taste masking from M/S Nutriset, France

Large scale production facility set up for zinc dispersible tablets in BIBCOL (a public sector undertaking under the DBT) The capacity is 2 million tablets per day

Development of a “Combo Kit” for diarrhoea management with ORS.

Production & Supply

BIBZinC® 20mg is manufactured in GMP certified facility of BIBCOL.

Currently over 1 billion dispersible Zinc –D Tablets have been used by six high burden states in the country

Development of Diagnostic kits

Rapid diagnostic assays have been developed for detection of transgenic traits in genetically modified foods which have been validated

Rapid diagnostic kits have been developed for various food borne pathogens e.g. E.coli 0157, Salmonella etc