Chandigarh: In as little as Rs 30, city residents will now be able to get their food items tested on the spot on their doorstep. In a welcome move, the UT Health Department, concerned over the ever-increasing instances of food adulteration, is all set to launch its mobile food-testing laboratory next week. The lab, set up in an old ambulance of the department, will tour the city, collecting samples and spreading awareness about common food adulterants from Monday to Friday. The test will cost Rs 30 per sample.
Food quality examination
According to the food safety administration, the plan is to examine the quality of food items, including milk, milk products, oil and water, in view of increasing concerns on the influx of adulterated food items in the market. The Health Department, in collaboration with resident welfare associations, will make the mobile laboratory available in each sector turn by turn. This will facilitate instant testing of daily use kitchen items and on-the-spot results to residents of all sectors.
Mobile food testing van
Talking about the lab features, Dr Rajinder Sharma, designated officer in charge of food safety administration-cum-senior medical officer, orthopedic surgery, said, “The van will focus on checking the quality of food being used by city residents and the test will be done on the spot. The results will also be provided on the spot.” The Health Department has already recruited two technicians for the mobile laboratory and a driver for the van.
About food testing
- The test will cost Rs 30 per sample.
- An old ambulance of the Health Department has been converted into a mobile testing lab.
- The lab will tour all sectors.
- Special focus to be on testing milk products.
- A milk-testing machine has been purchased.
- On-the-spot results.
New testing machine purchased
- The Health Department, in collaboration with resident welfare associations, will make the mobile laboratory available in each sector turn by turn. To ensure accuracy of results, the department has purchased a new testing machine. The focus will be on milk products and other food items such as turmeric, pulses, flour and spices.
Erring vendors to facelegal action
- If any food product is found adulterated, the Health Department will take legal action against the vendor who supplied the product.— Dr Rajinder Sharma, In-charge, Food Safety Administration.
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Source: The Tribune
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