Upgrading Food Testing Laboratories

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At present, there are 219 Food Testing Laboratories in the country under the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006, Rules and Regulations. 72 labs are functioning under the State/Union Territories; 131 National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accredited private laboratories and 16 Referral Laboratories notified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Many of state food testing laboratories lack equipment/infrastructure and the technical manpower required for conducting the tests (Details are given below):

State-wise details of 219 Food Testing Laboratories in the country:

Sr.

No.

State/UT Number of

State/ Public

Food Laboratories

Number of

Referral Food Labs*

Number of NABL

Accredited

Labs

notified by FSSAI

1. Andaman & Nicobar

Islands

1
2. Andhra Pradesh 1 1 (NABL) 1
3. Assam 1
4. Bihar 1
5. Chhattisgarh 1
6. Daman & Diu 1
7. GNCT of Delhi 1 16
8. Goa 1 1
9. Gujarat 6 (4 – NABL) 1 (NABL) 8
10. Haryana 2 12
11. Himachal Pradesh 1 1
12. Jammu & Kashmir 2 1 (NABL)
13. Jharkhand 1
14. Karnataka 4 2 (NABL) 12
15. Kerala 3 (3 – NABL) 2 (NABL) 8
16. Madhya Pradesh 3 6
17. Maharashtra 11 (1-NABL) 2 (1-NABL) 21
18. Meghalaya 1
19. Nagaland 1
20. Odisha 1 1
21. Puducherry 1
22. Punjab 3 3
23. Rajasthan 8 5
24. Tamil Nadu 7 2 (NABL) 16
25. Telangana 1 2 (1-NABL) 6
26. Tripura 1
27. Uttar Pradesh 3 (1 – NABL) 2 (1-NABL) 7
28. Uttarakhand 1
29. West Bengal 5 1 (NABL) 5
Total 72 16 131

 

*The Referral Food Laboratories work as appellate laboratories for the purpose of analysis of appeal samples of food lifted by the Food Safety Officers of the State/UTs and local bodies and the imported food samples

A  Scheme, inter alia, for strengthening of State Food Testing labs (atleast one in each state with a provision of 2 labs in large states) and support for Mobile Food labs (one mobile lab for every 20 district with a provision of atleast one mobile lab in each state) has been rolled out by FSSAI  withan outlay of Rs. 481.95 Crore. Under the scheme, the State Food Testing Laboratories are under the obligation to attain the NABL Accreditation i.e. International Standards Organization Accreditation (ISO/IEC 17025:2005).

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Faggan Singh Kulaste stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. 08-August, 2017

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