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A smooth ride ahead for FSSAI, finally

Seamless implementation of the Food Safety & Standards Regulations, 2011, in the country has posed to be a gigantic task for the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for the last one year. The problems on the food safety path have been too many. To begin with, lack of proper lab testing facilities has been a pressing issue.

But a look at what the Twelfth Plan has in store offers some hope. First, according to S N Mohanty, FSSAI CEO, by the end of the Plan, there will be about 200 food testing labs. In addition, there will be 70 intermediate labs and 30 referral labs. And the investment for all these labs is going to be a whopping Rs 25,000 to 30,000 crore. Not only that, the CEO has also standardised the lab testing parameters, thus bringing uniformity in the procedure and avoiding ambiguity. Further, the CEO is confident that the average testing time now is five days and it is going to get better with time. Looking at all these measures, in the next couple of years, in all possibility, the implementing authorities will finally be able to get their act together.

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