Total of 224 Food Testing Laboratories recognised by FSSAI
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has informed that it has recognised/notified 224 food testing laboratories (including 53 State Government laboratories, 145 private laboratories and 26 other Government laboratories for primary testing and 20 laboratories for testing referral food samples).
FSSAI does not establish primary food testing labs but recognizes and notifies labs based on voluntary applications. Further, FSSAI is implementing a Central Sector Scheme named “Strengthening of Food Testing System in the Country including provision of Mobile Food Testing Labs (SOFTeL), under which State Food Testing Laboratories (SFTLs), are provided funds for setting up lab with basic lab equipment, installation of high end equipment and establishing microbiology lab.
FSSAI has also provided grants to States for National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accreditation, Certified Reference Materials, Consumables and for hiring contractual manpower. To extend reach of basic testing facilities even in remote areas, FSSAI has sanctioned/provided 254 mobile food testing labs called Food Safety on Wheels (FSWs).