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Goa’s first mobile food testing lab launched

By on December 23, 2017
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Goa’s first mobile food testing lab launched

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar and health minister Vishwajit Rane recently launched Food Safety on Wheels, a mobile food testing van by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

Parrikar stressed  the importance of awareness before surveillance. Many people, he said, are unaware of banned colours in tandoori or that urea cannot be added to milk.  
“Fully equipped with a number of analytical instruments, the van will be used to conduct tests for common adulterants in milk, water and edible oils among other items. It will also be possible to draw on-the-spot samples and generate instant reports of the analysis.”, said health minister Vishwajit Rane.
The FDA has a well-equipped laboratory at Bambolim that tests around 100 samples per month. The mobile van will reduce the time taken. The van is also equipped with an 
audio-visual PA system and a computer.
FDA director Jyoti Sardesai said, “The FDA will tie up with panchayats, municipalities and consumer clubs to spread awareness about food safety, hygiene and healthy eating habits.”  
Training and certification programmes for food handlers will also be held. In the past, all violations would result in court cases filed. With new rules, minor cases are decided by the collector and serious cases regarding food safety go to court, she added.
The `41 lakh van was procured under the central government scheme to strengthen the food testing system. The Centre has sanctioned one vehicle for every 22 districts, but made an exception for Goa.

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