Akshaya Patra Foundation has started its second Food Safety and Quality Control Lab (FSQC Lab) in the state capital. The state-of-art mini lab, at the Amausi industrial area, is equipped with the modern technology and high-precision testing instruments for evaluating the food products right from the farm to the plate. The FSQC Lab was inaugurated yesterday by Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR, Lucknow and Dr Mukul Das, Chief Scientist and Area Coordinator, IITR (CSIR). The food testing laboratory services will help minimise potential hazards, protect consumer’s health from unwanted food safety scares, and improve health and wellness by maintaining nutritional levels as per Mid Day meal (MDM) guidelines. The food testing services cover multiple chemical, microbiological, physical, and sensory examinations (more than 60 parameters) to analyse and ensure the safety and quality of raw materials and finished products. The mini lab is involved at every stage from the food supply chain to state-of- the art facilities to ensure compliance with international regulations governing issues such as chemical residues, pathogenic bacteria, allergens, additives, and nutritional content. Mr Shridhar Venkat, CEO of The Akshaya Patra Foundation thanked the support extended by Tata Trust in setting up the second lab in Lucknow. He remarked that these initiatives will further strengthen the food safety and quality control practices and help them in serving healthy and nutritious food for children. The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s Lucknow Laboratory will cover 20 kitchens pan India and conduct more than 50 analyses per day. The first Food Safety and Quality Control Lab opened last year in Ahmedabad has completed 5,000 plus analysis of various raw materials and finished products. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for- profit organisation headquartered in Bengaluru and it supply Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) in Government schools and Government-aided schools in the country. Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest (not-for- profit run) mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.6 million children in 26 locations across 11 states in the country.