New Delhi: “Central Government is providing support to the tune of Rs 482 crore for the States. As many as 45 State labs are to be strengthened. I request the States to come forward with the proposals or give us the plan for strengthening the laboratories.” This was stated by Mr J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare as he presided over the ‘First Health Ministers Roundtable on Food Safety & Nutrition’ organized by FSSAI, on 9th January at New Delhi.
Mr Nadda further stated that finance will not be a constraint and each State should have at least one government food laboratory of high quality with bigger States having at least two.
Speaking on the enforcement of food standards, Mr Nadda said that there should be fairness and transparency in enforcement. “We must safeguard public health by ensuring all food businesses are licensed and follow standards. At the same time, we should be careful that it does not put unnecessary regulatory burden on the food businesses”, Mr Nadda said.
Emphasizing on generating awareness, Mr Nadda said that sensitization is a major area to work for and FSSAI can provide support in this so that people opt for self-regulation.