Union health minister informs Rajya Sabha about state food testing labs
New Delhi, Mar 8 : Union health minister J P Nadda, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, said that no funds have been provided for upgradation of state food testing laboratories from 2012-13 to 2015-16 as far as the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is concerned.
He also informed that in addition to 14 referral laboratories, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has notified 82 National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) as accredited private food testing laboratories for the purposes of carrying out analysis of food samples taken under section 47 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
FSSAI has initiated action to upgrade its food testing laboratories. There are 72 state food testing laboratories.
The upgradation and setting up of state food testing laboratories is the responsibility of state governments, said the minister.