The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will invest approximately $35 million (USD) to upgrade the country’s state-operated food testing laboratories.
According to the FSSAI website, the upgrade plan would result in the establishment of at least one food testing laboratory in each Indian state and two laboratories in larger states to create a national food testing laboratory network. Existing laboratories would also benefit from investments in new, state-of-the-art testing equipment.
The planned investment in state-operated food testing laboratories is one component of the FSSAI’s larger plan to improve the country’s overall food testing infrastructure. Additional efforts will include strengthening the current network of referral food testing laboratories, the deployment of more than 60 mobile food testing laboratories, and capacity building of food testing personnel.
In addition to its food testing infrastructure plan, the FSSAI is also set to establish a food safety standards review panel to identify gaps between existing Indian standards and those applicable internationally. FSSAI chief executive Pawan Kumar Agarwal has reportedly called for the review panel as part of the agency’s three-part strategy for helping to ensure safe and nutritious food for India’s consumers.
For further details about the FSSAI’s plan to strengthen food testing laboratories in India, visit here and click on the link for “SOFTel: Strengthening Food Testing Laboratories.” To view Agarwal’s comments as reported by Food Navigator Asia, visit here.