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Kakanad Microbiology Food Testing Lab was dedicated to the country by the Prime Minister; Veena George said that Kerala is an example for the country in the field of food security

February 25, 2024 | 08:41 PM IST



Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the microbiology food testing lab set up for the food safety department at Kakkanad Regional Analytical Laboratory to the nation. The Prime Minister inaugurated online.

Minister Veena George said that Kerala is an example for the country in the field of food security. The minister was presiding over the function and speaking online. We are witnessing a very proud achievement. There are two microbiology food testing labs in the state, Kakkanadu and Kozhikode. The great effort of the state government is behind this.

Kerala ranks first in the country in terms of food security. The state is strictly following the central norms in this area. Therefore, we can make better use of the newly acquired lab facility. The minister said that now the aim is to raise these labs to NABL standards.

Under the central sector scheme launched by the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) aimed at empowering food testing labs, Rs 4.5 crore has been allocated for upgrading each of the food testing labs in the state. For this FSSAI Contracts were entered into with five vendors across the country and the selected company, Asian Scientific Industries, based in New Delhi, was given the go-ahead for the construction work of the microbiology labs. The Rs 4.5 crore sanctioned for the labs will cover the infrastructure of the labs, lab equipment and human resources on contract basis for three years.

Considering the need of 150 KV electricity for the activities of the lab, the construction was completed by sanctioning amount in the annual plan of the state government for installation of high tension transformer. Microbiology testing has an important role as per FSSAI criteria. NABL accreditation is currently available only for the chemical department in state food testing labs.

Kerala will be able to reach a higher standard in the testing of food items with the commencement of new labs and timely NABL accreditation. Such a national standard microbiology laboratory will become an asset for the Kerala State Food Safety Department, which is currently number one in the National Food Safety Index.

Highby Eden MP was the chief guest at the inaugural function organized locally at Kakkanad Regional Analytical Laboratory Conference Hall. Health Department Principal Secretary APM Muhammad Haneesh, District Collector NSK Umesh, Ward Councilor Unni Kakkanad, FSSAI (Kochi) Deputy Director KM Dhanya, State Deputy Director Food Safety Department P.Manju Devi, Government Analyst Dr.R. Binu, Food Safety Department Ernakulam District Deputy Director G. Raghunath Kurup and other concerned officers were also present.

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