SHILLONG, May 4: Meghalaya health and family welfare minister, AL Hek, on Friday launched the “Food Safety on Wheels” – a mobile food testing laboratory (MFTL), at Health Complex, Laitumkhrah, Shillong.
The vehicle which costs around Rs 37 lakh is entirely funded by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, which will also bear the maintenance cost of Rs. 5 lakh per year during the scheme.
Speaking on the occasion, Hek said that the food safety on wheels is a multi fully functional mobile laboratory, equipped with basic infrastructure for spot testing of food items for detection of adulteration in various food products, which can be harmful, therefore benefitting the consumers.
The Mobile Food Testing Laboratory, under The Commissionerate of Food Safety, stationed at Shillong, will also help in reaching out to street food vending, catering, retail and distribution, storage and transport, manufacturing, bakery, sellers of meat, fish, etc, milk and milk products in the unorganised food business sectors.
The food safety on wheels will also act as a platform for conducting awareness programmes and imparting training for consumers, food business operators, school children, besides transporting of food samples from remote areas to the Food Testing Laboratories.
Amongst the dignitaries present in the function include, PW Ingty, additional chief secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Pravin Bakshi, secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Dr T Wahlang, DHS (MI), Dr B. Mawlong, DHS (MCH & FW), Dr TS Nongkhlaw, DHS (R), SN Sangma, joint commissioner of Food Safety and DBS Mukhim, assistant commissioner of Food Safety.