GUWAHATI, March 5 - Minister of State for Health Piyush Hazarika today formally inaugurated the NABL-accreditation status, sophisticated instruments facility of the State Public Health Laboratory, Assam and Food Safety on Wheels of the Commissionerate of Food Safety.
NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) accreditation is the recognition that the laboratory is competent to carry out analysis works as per international standards. The Bamunimaidam-based state public laboratory is the only state food testing laboratory in the entire North East and sixth in the country to be accredited by NABL.
Section 43 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 makes it mandatory for all food testing laboratories to be accredited.
Three highly sophisticated instruments have been provided by FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) under a Central sector scheme. The total cost of the instruments is approximately Rs. 8.50 crore. �Now, we can analyse many parameters like pesticides residue, metal contaminants, veterinary drugs residue, etc., which we were not able to do earlier. This will be a great leap towards ensuring food safety in the State,� food analyst Anupam Gogoi said.
FSSAI has also given a second Food Safety of Wheels (FSW) which will boost awareness, training among target groups and surveillance of food quality.