India seeks to establish 125 food testing labs

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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will set up 125 food testing laboratories in the country, if proposals are accepted by the government.

The labs will undertake tests to check whether adulteration is chemical, physical or microbiological. The proposed labs will join the existing 72 labs in the country.

The FSSAI already has four central food labs, working as referral labs to the primary labs, providing information about various research projects and their findings.

The authority has also appealed to the government to upgrade and modernise existing food testing labs and open them to food manufacturers, consumers and researchers. The regulator has constantly maintained that old equipment and lack of funds are limiting the functioning of the labs and their scope.

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