A Mobile Food Testing Laboratory “Food Safety on Wheels” was launched by Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister A. L. Hek on Friday. The vehicle is a fully functional mobile laboratory, equipped with basic infrastructure for spot testing of food items for detection of adulteration in various food products.
The vehicle which costs around 37 lakh is entirely funded by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which will also bear the maintenance cost of Rs. 5 lakh per year during the scheme.
The Mobile Food Testing Laboratory, under The Commissionerate of Food Safety, stationed at Shillong, will also help in reaching out to street food vending, catering, retail and distribution, storage and transport, manufacturing, bakery, sellers of meat, fish, etc, milk and milk products in the unorganized food business sectors.
The food safety on wheels will also act as a platform for conducting awareness programmes and imparting training for consumers, food business operators, school children, besides transporting of food samples from remote areas to the Food Testing Laboratories.