Dimapur, September 20: Minister of Health & Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom, accompanied by his lady wife and senior officials of the department today visited the State Public Health Laboratory Kohima, the only Food Testing Laboratory in the state.
The Medical Minister inspected the progress and working system of the State Food Laboratory which was recently upgraded to FSSAI level. Under Strengthening of Food Testing Laboratory of Centrally Sponsored Scheme, FSSAI, State Food Laboratory is equipped with high end equipments having the capacity to test food safety parameters like heavy metals, pesticides, mycotoxins, antibiotics, crop contaminants etc on food items under Food Safety & Standards Regulations, 2011.
Medical Minister informed the public to avail Food Safety on Wheel facility, an FSSAI initiated scheme to provide mobile units which will help in dissemination of information and act as a platform for getting food testing reach out to the consumers through as many touch points as possible.
He urged the Food Business Operator (FBOs) to get the testing and certification of the food items before it is made available for consumption to prevent food hazard.
The Minister also visited the office of Chief Medical Officer, Kohima and the Mortuary below Naga Hospital Authority Kohima. (Page News Service)