Food Safety Current Affairs

India’s first mobile food testing lab unveiled in Goa

India’s ‘first’ mobile food testing laboratory enabling on-the-spot food safety tests was launched in Goa. It was launched by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Key Facts

This is the first ever ‘Food Safety on Wheel’ mobile laboratory in the country. The vehicle is equipped to conduct on-the-spot tests to check food quality and curb adulteration. It will also check hygiene level of water and the results can be received within 15 minutes.

The mobile laboratory costs Rs.45 lakh and has been fully funded by the Centre. It will do away with need to get the food samples to FDA laboratory near Panaji for tests, thus cut the delays. It will either be used to conduct surprise checks by the FDA for scheduled tests.

The vehicle is equipped with milk analyser, hot air oven, hot plate, mixer grinder, digital weighing scale, digital multi parameter hand-held meter, power generator, air conditioner and refrigerator.


FSSAI issues detailed guidelines on recall of food products

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set guidelines for process to recall food products from markets if found unsafe.

The guidelines puts onus of implementing any recall on manufacturers and distributors. It has asked companies to put in place a proper plan to recall food products from markets, if found unsafe.

Key Facts

The purpose of such guidelines is to help food business operators to frame a proper recall plan and implement them when situation demands. According to it, recall can be defined as action to remove food products from market at any stage of food chain, including that possessed by consumer, which may pose threat to public health or food that violate Food Safety Act.

Food recalls are appropriate method for removing or correcting marketed food products and their labelling that violate laws administered by regulatory authority. Under the guidelines, FSSAI may review the license of concerned food company if the recall is related to serious health issues.

The recovered product must be stored in area which is separated from any other food product. Accurate records must be kept of amount of recovered product and the batch codes of the product recovered. Companies, which have produced unsafe products should take steps so that need for such recalls do not arise again in future.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

FSSAI is a nodal statutory agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health in India through regulation and supervision of food safety. It was established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and operates under aegis of Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.