Food Safety Current Affairs

India-Afghanistan: Cabinet approves Cooperation Arrangement in food safety and related areas

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved signing of Cooperation Arrangement between India and Afghanistan for cooperation in the field of food safety and related areas. The agreement will be singed between Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW) and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock (MAIL), Afghanistan.

Key Facts

The cooperation arrangement will facilitate information sharing training and capacity building measure between both countries. It will help learning from each others best practice to improve food safety ecosystem. The areas of cooperation under the agreement includes

  • Establish mechanism of information exchange and communication.
  • Facilitate organization of joint seminars, workshops, visits, lectures, training programme, etc.
  • Facilitate technical exchange on identified topics of interest especially about import procedures, quality control operations, sampling, testing, packaging and labelling.
  • Other areas of interest to participants within their responsibilities as they may mutually determine.

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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.

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