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FSSAI to increase testing, enforcement activities to ensure food safety

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

regulator will test more samples and increase enforcement activities to ensure availability of safe to people, its Agarwal said Thursday.

The and (FSSAI) has done a survey on milk recently and it would like to conduct surveillance across all the food categories, he added.

Agarwal also assured not to be scared with the increased enforcement as it is meant for ensuring safe in the markets.

"We in have recognised the importance of and analysis. Our laboratories are essentially the heart of our ecosystem," he said while addressing a conference on food safety organised by AOAC India, an analytical body.

It is important to put up quality system for developing a robust food safety ecosystem, he said.

Stating that strengthening of lab system is "very critical", Agarwal said is attempting to create the foundation for a national network of

"I must confess that only some initial work has been done," he said.

In the last few years, FSSAI has given thrust to improve government labs through financial support and also notified private labs, he added.

However, a lot more needs to be done in the area of building capacity of analytical staff for these labs.

Agarwal pointed out that less samples are being tested in the country by enforcement agencies as well as He asked corporates to double the samples for conducted by them.

FSSAI's also emphasised on the need to expand surveillance activities and said the state agencies are increasing their headcount to carry out inspections and testing.

"We are monitoring to ensure that enforcement activities increase. This is not to scare This is to see that food that are available in market place is safe," Agarwal said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 28 2019. 16:10 IST