Shillong, May 4: Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, AL Hek, today launched the ‘Food Safety on Wheels’, a Mobile food testing laboratory, at the Health Complex, Laitumkhrah, Shillong. The vehicle which costs Rs 37 lakh is entirely funded by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which will also bear the maintenance cost of Rs 5 lakh per year during.
Speaking on the occasion, Hek said that the food safety on wheels is a 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. 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, milk and milk products in the unorganized food business sectors.
‘Food safety on wheels’ will also act as a platform for conducting awareness programmes and imparting training to consumers, food business operators, school children, besides transporting food samples from remote areas to the food testing laboratories.