Thursday, December 2

Mobile food testing lab in New Town soon

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 Like KMC, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) plans to introduce a mobile food testing laboratory in New Town to conduct on spot quality and hygiene test of street food in the township.
“We are committed to having a healthy, safe, and sustainable food environment to ensure that the food that is being served by the road side vendors is safe for consumption and hygienic. We will request the state health department’s food safety branch to provide us with such arrangement. An operator could also be engaged for conducting the job,” said a NKDA official.
Officials said there are several roadside food stalls and street vendors across New Town which serve fast food. “Samples have to be taken and sent to the food safety branch laboratory for tests to check if any particular street food is safe for consumption or not which takes time. The plan is to have a mobile test laboratory which will be moving around the market places so that on spot food adulteration tests can be done to ensure food safety,” said an official. NKDA with the food safety branch had conducted a food safety surveillance and awareness campaign across the township last week .

Source: Times of India

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