September 28, 2020

Mobile food lab to roll out

Patna: The government’s food safety wing will roll out a mobile food testing laboratory in Patna by the end of next month, to collect food samples and conduct on-spot tests.

Officials said the mobile laboratory will go to people’s doorsteps to check for adulteration in food, create awareness on the dos and don’ts on handling food, and how to check food adulteration at home. The laboratory will conduct tests for common adulterants in milk, water, edible oil and other food items.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has allocated two mobile laboratories to the food safety wing. Each of the labs cost around Rs 40 lakh. The first laboratory will be handed over to the food safety wing in a month while the second will reach Bihar in three-four months.

The mobile food testing laboratory will be equipped with milk analyser, hot air oven, hot plate, mixer grinder, digital weighing scale, digital multi parameter hand-held meter, power generator, air conditioner and refrigerator. Five personnel, including a lab assistant and technician, will be assigned to the units.

“No action will, however, be taken on the basis of the test report of the mobile laboratory, as according to food safety wing norms, action can be initiated only on the basis of reports produced by government-certified laboratories,” said a food safety officer on condition of anonymity.

He said residents can avail the service of the mobile food testing laboratory by paying a nominal charge of Rs 100-200 once it is be launched in Patna.

“We will draw a route chart in which we would plan when and where the mobile laboratory would visit,” the official added.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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