Bhubaneswar: In a bid to prevent adulteration in food items and products, Odisha government has decided to flag off a mobile food testing laboratory to examine the food samples.
The proposed lab will be set up in coordination with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and state government to test the food samples of edible oil, milk and other food items especially in rural and remote areas.
The decision was made in view of the media reports about food adulteration in urban and rural areas of the state. As the food testing lab is not available everywhere, the FSSAI has decided to set up mobile food testing lab in the states including Odisha.
As per the decision, a cluster will be made comprising of 20 districts of the State where there will not be any facility for food examination. The mobile lab will test the foods and other items in those districts. The lab will move for 15 days every district and examine the food samples including ghee, khoa, sweet, edible oil, packaged drinking water, spicy and snacks items. If required the samples will be collected from the area and sent to the nearest testing lab.
Total Rs 35 lakh will be spent for setting up the mobile food testing lab. The state government can operate the lab through any NGO, agency, trust or society. The technicians and other staff of the proposed mobile lab will be provided training. The employees will be recruited by the state government, said a senior official in the health department.