| The country’s top food regulator, the Food Safety and Standards Authority
of India is in the process of establishing a high-tech laboratory network
across the country that will be referred to in case of conflicting results
during primary testing of food samples. The decision comes in the wake of
stringent criticism of the organisation by the Controller and Audior General of
India in its latest report.|
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has identified
about 15 laboratories across India that will be upgraded with state-of-the-art
infrastructure to conduct advanced testing. The results from the designated
high tech labs could act as evidence for punitive action in case the sample fails
We are aiming to use these labs to resolve whatever dispute or confusion
arises out of conflicting test results from different laboratories,” said a
spokesman of the organisation.
After primary testing at local labs, the sample is sent to an appellate
authority in case of any confusion. These high-tech labs will have the
authority to certify and their word will be final. The lab network will be
created in a phased manner and is expected to take about a year to complete.
The food regulator is also upgrading the existing government laboratories
to bring uniformity in the quality of testing procedures. We are also creating
four new labs in Ghaziabad, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai where samples will be
tested using modern methods. There will be dedicated sections for testing of
dairy, poultry, vegetables and other items.
has more than 250 food-testing laboratories, of which about 150 are run by
either the state or central governments. The government has provided a budget
of nearly Rs five hundred crores for the creation and overall upgradation of
the existing food testing labs.