J&K: Commissioner food safety reviews commissioning, functioning of food testing labs

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Commissioner food safety J&K Dr Abdul Kabir Dar on Thursday convened a meeting to review process of commissioning and functioning of food testing laboratories.

The commissioner was apprised about work done and achievements of the laboratories during last four months. It was informed that 1125 samples were tested of which 764 were found to be confirming standards and 361 samples were found non-conforming, said a statement.

It said public analyst and food analysts were directed to submit action taken reports regularly and periodically and adhere to good laboratory practices for credible and efficient results and issue analytical reports and results of legal and surveillance samples in a time-bound manner as mandated under the Act.

The Commissioner impressed upon the concerned analysts for optimum use of labs and for making both food testing laboratories more vibrant in terms of scope of food testing done on legal as well as surveillance samples.

The stakeholders including public analyst, food analysts and authorized suppliers of the equipments and assistant engineer mechanical engineering department Srinagar were impressed to speed up process and frame a timeline for installation and validation of equipments meant for detection and quantification of adulterants, pesticide residues, antibiotics, heavy metals, aflatoxins and trans-fats.

The commissioner directed for disposing of junk lying around the erstwhile forensic science laboratory building. He directed the authorities concerned to submit detailed project report to the commissionerate of food safety for approval.