To ensure food safety, the Government may increase food testing labs: Budget 2024

As the cases regarding adulteration are raising concerns over food safety, the Central Government may announce the establishment of new food testing laboratories in India. This may be published in the budget to be presented later this month.

This was suggested by the Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), a regulatory body responsible for regulating and overseeing the safety and quality of food products in India.

Recently the incident came into the knowledge that the FMCG major Nestlé’s popular baby food Cerelac, being sold in India has a much greater extent of sugar as compared to the same products being sold in the US, Europe and other developed countries. PepsiCo India’s famous Lay’s also uses palm oil in India but sunflower oil in the US.

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The central government has decided to establish food testing labs in some states.

An integral component of the food safety ecosystem, the food safety authority established a nationwide network of 206 primary food testing labs accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) to conduct analysis on food samples collected in accordance with the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006.

To guarantee that the food being sold in marketplaces is safe to eat, food testing and analysis is a crucial component of the food safety ecosystem. This include increasing the nation’s network of food testing labs, to ensure the food testing, allocating resources to human resources, conducting surveillance operations, and educating the consumers.


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