Spectro Analytical Labs Ltd. has added yet another feather in its cap in the field of providing quality testing, when it recently received an approval and authorization for food testing from Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is an independent statutory body which has been set up under the Food Safety Standards Act (FSSA) 2006, and it is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. As per this act, FSSAI has been mandated to, besides fulfilling a number of other responsibilities, specify an appropriate system for enforcing scientifically proven standards for all articles of food (like raw, processed and packaged), and to monitor and regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, in order to fulfill the primary objective of ensuring the availability of wholesome and safe food for human consumption. This will help to identify and subsequently eliminate the sub-standard and unsafe food items from the markets.
The Food Safety Standards Act 2006 has been enacted to consolidate the various previously existing laws related to food items, like Prevention of Food Adulteration Act (1954), Fruit Products Order (1955), Meat Food Products Order (1973), Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order (1947), Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation) Order (1988), Milk and Milk Products Order (1992) etc. The enactment of this law has facilitated the creation of a single reference point for addressing all issues related to food items. The Food Safety and Standards Regulations 2011 came into force from August 2011, and they provide the food business companies with the mechanism of registration and licensing with the aim of ensuring quality and safety of available food items in the Indian food market. The mechanism includes regular investigations (as per pre-determined test intervals), by the food companies, of the raw food ingredients, water etc. which are finally combined through various processing technologies to produce a great number of food items. To achieve the aforementioned objective, the food companies need to avail of the testing services provided by recognized/approved laboratories. Spectro is one such laboratory.
Spectro Analytical labs Ltd. has been serving various industrial sectors, including food industry, for close to two decades. The credibility of Spectro is established by the NABL accreditation, besides other approvals, that it has been conferred with for the testing services it provides. The testing facilities provided by us include normal testing parameters (proximate analysis), nutritional values, residues of pesticides and toxins, besides characterizing Genetically Modified Organisms. The scope of our accreditation is quite comprehensive in terms of testing any food item listed in FSSA act.
While there has been mixed reactions from various quarters in the realm of food products regarding this FSSA act, Spectro firmly believes the usefulness of this law in ensuring the quality and safety of food items in our country. This law has ensured that no food business operators can compromise with the quality of food that they sell in the market for our people to eat. This means that our government has finally realized and accepted the fact that neither sub-standard nor unsafe food has got any place in our food market said an elated and satisfied Mr.Kuldeep Dhingra, Managing Director of Spectro Analytical Labs Ltd.
Spectro understands all the nitty-gritty of the FSSA act and can go to any length in clarifying its various aspects to any food company that wants to conduct its food business in India. So, Spectro offers an open invitation to any such willing and ambitious food business operator to get in touch with us regarding testing of their food items. For any such query, a call to this number will suffice: +91-11-41611000, or else one can visit our website and post any query in the Contact/Enquiry section. A prompt response will be provided.