Defence Food Research Laboratory


Defence Food Research Laboratory
Established28 December 1961
DirectorDr AD Semwal [1][2]
AddressSiddhartha Nagar,
Mysore - 570 011
LocationMysore, Karnataka, India
Operating agency
WebsiteDefence Food Research Laboratory website

The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) is an Indian defence laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Located in Mysore, Karnataka, it conducts research and development of technologies and products in the area of food science and technology to cater the varied food challenges for the Indian Armed Forces. DFRL is organised under the Life Sciences Directorate of DRDO. The present director of DFRL is Dr. A D Semwal.


"The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) came into being on 28th December 1961 under the aegis of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India, at Mysore especially to cater to the varied food challenges of Indian Army, Navy, Airforce and other paramilitary forces."[3]

Areas of work

  • Research and development in food science and technology
  • Studies in the development of convenience foods, preservation of foods, food safety, food packaging, and studies in the spoilage of foods and safety of processed foods
  • Production and supply of processed foods on a limited scale to the Armed Forces and other bodies for national missions
  • Toxicological, nutritional, and biochemical studies
  • Development of pack rations, their quality assurance methods
  • Preservation and packaging methods for long distance transportation of perishable products
  • Evaluation of nutritional requirements of troops deployed under different climatic conditions

The Laboratory has testing facilities and analytical instruments such as GC, GCMS, GLC, HPLC, Nanodrop spectrophotometer, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Lovibond Tintometer, etc. Animal house enables nutritional and safety evaluation of a variety of foods. Some of the recent additions to the processing equipments include, High pressure processing, Pulsed electric field processing, Khoa making machine, controlled atmosphere system, integrated soya paneer plant, blast freezer and plate freezer lyophilizer, polymer twin screw extruders. Food Scanner, Texturometer, Hydrosorb, Hybridization oven, Image analyser, Thermogravimetric Analyser, Differential scanning colorimeter, Dynamic mechanical analyser, Alveoconsisto graph, Cell counter, Gradient thermal cycler, Scanning electron microscope, FPHLC, Gel Documentation system, IR Spectroscope and Atomic Force microscope.[4]

The Laboratory has developed some analytical test kits for evaluation of deteriorative changes in food such as Meat Testing Kit, Test Kit for E.coli detection, Presumptive Test Kit for Coliform Detection, Acidity Testing Paper Strip, Pesticide detection kit.[4]

Projects and products

Technologies for civilian use

Many of the DFRL foods, born out of innovative state-of-the-art technologies, lend themselves eminently suitable to industrial scale commercial exploitation by enterprising entrepreneurs of different genre. Some of the technologies that have been transferred to entrepreneurs are:

  • Retort processing in flexible pouches
  • Mini combo pack ration
  • Freeze dried foods
  • Preservation of tender coconut water
  • Preserved and flavoured chapaties
  • Instant/Quick cooking foods
  • Puff and serve chapaties
  • Short term preserved chapaties
  • Scrambled egg mix
  • Combo pack ration
  • Supplementary compo pack ration
  • Cold stock drying technology
  • Instant choley mix technology
  • Minimally processed pre-cut vegetables
  • Ethylene absorbed pad/scrubber development
  • IM/HT fruits

See also

Harsh Vardhan Batra


  1. ^ "DFRL Director's Profile". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  2. ^ "DEBEL's Director Info". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  3. ^ Historical background of DFRL Archived 10 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine at
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links

  • Defence Food Research Laboratory website