HC issues notice to FSSAI, Govt for lack of food testing labs

INDORE: Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court on Friday issued notices to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the state government and others on a petition seeking more number of laboratories to test food samples in the state.
The petition states that there is only one functional food testing laboratory in Madhya Pradesh at Bhopal and the rest two at Indore and Ujjain are non-functional. It was also highlighted in a newspaper report published in the past days, which was annexed with the petition.


The matter was heard by the division bench of Justice PK Jaiswal and Justice Virendra Singh, who directed the respondents to file their replies within six weeks. The petition has been filed by former corporator Mahesh Garg through advocate Vinay Zelawat.


The respondents to the petition are FSSAI, principal secretary of public health and family welfare department, commissioner of food safety and control, district collector and deputy director of food and drug administration department.

The petition said that as per the current system, all the food samples collected in the state are sent to the state capital for testing. The entire process takes around 15 to 20 days. Since all food items whose samples are collected cannot be seized completely, the contaminated batch might get circulated in the market by the time the reports arrive, the petition has alleged.


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