The shortage of Konjac is forcing businesses across India to make tough choices.
We need to supply enough for everyone.
This is why we have been forced to change our approach to our suppliers, says B.K. Sankara, CEO of Konjea, a Mumbai-based multinational flour company.
If you’re making flour in India, the question is: Do you need it?
Is there a shortage?
And, if so, can you make it at home?
That’s what we have to do to make it, says Sankaras founder and chief executive officer of Konja Foods Ltd., B.S. Rajendra Kumar.
The lack of Konjac flour has put many farmers and manufacturers in a bind.
They need to make Konjac at home.
But the supply of Konju flour is not sufficient.
Konjac is made from the keratin, or a tough, fibrous material made of keratin.
Its fibers are tough enough to withstand the high temperatures that flour must endure.
The keratin is the thickest part of a flour, and the flour must be cooked in a kiln.
In the U.S., a kilter is used to heat the keratins in a hot oven to a temperature of 180 to 250 degrees Celsius (390 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit), while in India it is heated to 160 to 180 degrees Celsius.
In the U, a kilner can also be used to cook the kerats in a pot or a griddle.
In many countries, keratin processing is done at home by hand, using a large metal pot.
But in India’s rice-growing region, where Konjas production is concentrated, the process is done with a large electric kiln, says Manoj Sinha, president of the Konja Fruits & Vegetables Ltd.
Kunni Das, president and chief operating officer of the Bhojpur-based Konja Food, explains the process.
It takes around four hours.
There are a number of things that you need before you can get the keratoins out.
The keratoin is heated by the kilner to 160 degrees Celsius, which is very hot.
It is a bit like boiling water, and you need the temperature to be above 120 degrees Celsius to get a good keratin,” Das says.
The process is also tedious.
In order to get the desired quality, it needs to be carefully washed.
This can take around five to six hours.
Kanhaiya Kapoor, co-founder and chairman of Kunal Foods Ltd, another Mumbai-headquartered food company, says the process of keratining the kerins is much easier in India.”
In the country, the kerata kilner is very common.
Kapoor says Konjakas products are produced at a much higher rate than in the U., where he makes flour at home with a traditional kilner. “
In India, we use a large kilner, which has a range of temperature settings, so you can control the temperature from one kilner,” Kapoor adds.
Kapoor says Konjakas products are produced at a much higher rate than in the U., where he makes flour at home with a traditional kilner.
He estimates that about 30% of the Keratin in the market is produced in India and about 50% in the United States.
In a recent report, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that the number of U.s. manufacturers of Konjas had dropped to around 5,000, from 10,000 a decade ago.
And, as of September 30, 2017, India was home to only 1,400 producers, according to data from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
The lack and demand of keratoinos flour is putting the U in the spotlight.
In February, the FDA proposed to regulate Keratins under the Food Security Act (FSAA).
The proposal was welcomed by the U but it is not a perfect solution.
The FSAA is meant to ensure food security for all, but it could also come into play in situations where the food supply is not available.
The government’s proposed regulation of keras products would include keratin that is made in other countries.
“We need a regulator who is not afraid to make a regulation that is not politically popular, but is able to make decisions that are politically correct and consistent,” says Saravanan Kumar, president, the U Congress, who is also an honorary member of the UFAI.
Kunal Foods is trying to get Konjaks imported, which could take about two years.
A number of the companies that supply Konjases to the U have their plants in India already.
The UFAIs proposed regulation could make it easier to import the product.