Food Laboratories Food Testing Booms in India
India's food industry aims for western standards: Currently, there are 140 Food Testing Laboratories in the Country for testing as per standards prescribed under the Food Safety and Standards Authority Act, 2006 and Rules/ Regulations, 2011 being implemented by FSSAI, Dr Charan Das Mahant, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries stated.
Lok Sabh/India – Out of these, 72 food testing laboratories are under State Government to carry out the analysis of food samples and 68 private laboratories having accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) are authorized by FSSAI for the analysis of food samples. There are 97 food analysts employed in the 72 laboratories under the State Government.
During the financial year 2012-13, the Government has spent Rs 721.71 lakh when compared to previous year’s Rs. 546.49 lakh. Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana are some of the States which have benefitted under this scheme.