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:
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.
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
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.
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
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