The Goa Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a mobile food testing van, which is called ‘Food Safety on Wheels,’ on December 9, 2017. This is a one-of-its-kind testing van in the state.
The van comes fully equipped with gadgets such as a milk analyser, hot air oven, hot plate, mixer grinder, digital weighing scale, power generator, air conditioner, and many more. It will be used to conduct tests for common adulterants in milk, water, edible oils and other food items, and make it possible to draw on-the-spot samples and generate instant reports of the analysis.
Manohar Parrikar, the CM of Goa, launched the food testing van and said that these vehicles would be used to build awareness around food safety and hygiene, promote healthy eating habits in citizens, and conduct training and certification programmes for food handlers and supervisors in the food business.
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As reported in the Times of India, the cost of the van is ₹41 lakh, and it was procured under a central government scheme to strengthen the food testing system in the country.
“The mobile lab will do away with the need to get the food samples to the FDA laboratory near Panaji for tests. It will cut the delays. As the time would be reduced, action can be initiated immediately, if the food samples are found unsatisfactory,” the minister said in a report to the Economic Times.
Earlier this year The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) flagged off nine mobile food-testing labs in the capital to keep a check on the quality of food.