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IIT's first food testing lab unveiled in Kharagpur

ANI  |  Kharagpur [West Bengal] 

The (IIT) has established its first testing lab at its campus.

The agricultural and engineering department's Testing Laboratory received the Accreditation Board for and (NABL) accreditation, which empowered the to certify items for their nutritional value and also check for adulteration.

After getting the accreditation, the has already started the process of certification for some Kolkata-based company for fish items and neem

"This is for the first time any lab in any of the IITs or NITs in the country has been given this accreditation. Now, we can go for analysis of any major, macro as well as micronutrients present in the items. Anyone having any suspicion in their mind of plastic rice, egg, they can bring it here and after analysis and using the most sophisticated high-end equipment, we can tell if there is any adulteration", said Rintu Banerjee, of the and engineering and in-charge of the Analytic Testing Lab,

"My PhD is on protein and the system here is protein sequencer PPSQ31A. This is the only system here in the whole eastern region. The protein in the items is made of amino acids. Through this system, we can get to know which essential amino acid is present and which is not", Jagriti Singh, a PhD student, told ANI.

She added that this sequencer is qualitative-based and has liquid chromatography. "We can detect pathogenic particles and allergens".

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 19:30 IST