CITY RESIDENTS will now be spared the ordeal of running from pillar to post for getting food samples tested as the Chandigarh health department on Friday launched a mobile food testing laboratory.
The laboratory, which is first in the country, is equipped with electronic milk testing and chemical testing kits for conducting on-the-spot test of the food samples. Residents will be charged a nominal fee of Rs 30. The mobile laboratory was launched by UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki.
Monday to Friday, the mobile van will be stationed at five different locations from 9 am to 4 pm.
Asserting that the test results would be available immediately, UT Adviser Parimal Rai said that the initiative would sensitise the general public to being cautious. “The van will act as a warning to suppliers, especially the milk vendors, to ensure that the product supplied by them conforms to food safety standards,” he added.
UT Home Secretary-cum-Secretary (Health) Anurag Aggarwal said the samples found not conforming to the food safety standards would be further examined in the food testing laboratories for confirmation. He added that the mobile van would be regularly monitored to ensure that the services were being provided satisfactorily.
According to food safety officer Sukhwinder Singh, the lab is capable of testing adulteration in milk and related products, spices and mustard oil.
The department has deployed a lab technician, lab assistant, helper and driver each on the van. The department will publicise about the van by distributing pamphlets, holding awareness camps and putting out advertisements in newspapers and radio.
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