In one of its initiatives to encourage the manufacturing industry in India, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) had developed and transferred the technology of “Precision Iodine Value Analyzer (PIVA)”, an instrument for the measurement of the degree of unsaturation (Iodine Value) in vegetable oils. FSSAI recognized this indigenous food testing equipment during World Food Safety Day.

Conventionally, Iodine value is established using guide titration, and several analytical tools based on automated titration can also be available on the market. However, these methods require a more extended analysis period, are costly, and use toxic chemicals.

Researchers in CSIR-CSIO developed a rapid analysis technique, which requires only three minutes to evaluate Iodine Value. Also, the cost of analysis per sample has been decreased drastically, the CSIR-CSIO statement said.

They had transferred the technology to M/s. Comfax Systems, a Chandigarh-based startup. The technology has applications in Oil extraction units, quality control and assurance labs, food regulatory authorities, cosmetics and soaps, bakeries, meat industry, paint industry, biodiesel analysis, and charcoal industry. The technology is also beneficial in determining adulteration in edible fats and oils.

Currently, PIVA was calibrated and tested for Coconut, Sunflower, Mustard, Palm, Rice Bran, Soyabean, Groundnut, Olive Oil, and Ghee. 

This new development is a part of the ongoing effort to strengthen the food testing capabilities by introducing fast and innovative Food Testing Kits. It is the most recent addition to the accepted kits/ equipment approved by FSSAI for rapid food testing.