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FSSAI notifies four food testing labs; Number of labs in India now 175
Thursday, 25 April, 2019, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
FSSAI has recently notified four food testing laboratories, taking the number to 175 in the country. These labs include Centre for Environment and Food Technology Pvt Ltd, New Delhi; Jubliant Pharma and Chemical Labs Pvt Ltd, Navi Mumbai; National Collateral Management Services Limited (Commgrade Testing Services), Visakhapatnam, for chemical and biological testing, and Pesticide Residue Laboratory, Tea Research Association, Kolkata, for chemical testing.

The officials with the country’s apex food regulator stated that the these labs will further augment the lab infrastructure in the country for the purpose of food testing.

Meanwhile, FSSAI, in a statement, said that to strengthen state food testing laboratories (SFTLs), a grant of Rs 47.70 crore had been sanctioned to procure high-end equipment in eight SFTLs and to set up a microbiology laboratory in two SFTLs in March under the ongoing plan of upgrading the lab infrastructure in the country, for which a budget of Rs 481.95 crore was sanctioned by the Government.

This includes a grant of Rs 3.20 crore to Assam; Rs 5.00 crore each to Karnataka (Mysuru) and Sikkim (Singtam); Rs 5.50 crore each to Bihar and Jharkhand; Rs 6.70 crore each to Rajasthan (Jodhpur), Rajasthan (Udaipur) and Tamil Nadu (Madurai), and Rs 2.40 crore to Manipur for the establishment of new SFTLs.

Further, a grant of Rs 50 lakh each to Meghalaya and Nagaland had also been sanctioned for setting up a microbiology laboratory.

Also, as regards the status of the grant to referral laboratories, a grant of Rs 8.36 crore has been sanctioned for four referral laboratories. This includes Rs 0.84 crore to the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Anand, Gujarat; Rs 2.72 crore to CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow; Rs 2.40 crore to ICAR-National Research Centre on Meat, Hyderabad, and Rs 2.40 crore to Punjab Biotechnology Incubator, Mohali.

Additionally, for capacity building, the apex food regulator organised an awareness program on ISO/IEC-17025:2017 for state food laboratories at FSSAI headquarters in New Delhi last month for the food analysts and other scientific/technical personnel working in the state food testing laboratories.
 
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