In news– The Minister of state for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution inaugurated the ‘Quality Control Laboratory’ at Institute of Food Security (IFS), FCI, Gurugram (Haryana) recently.
About the laboratory-
- Food Corporation of India (FCI) under Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) has developed its first state-of-art laboratory for in house testing of food grain samples.
- The laboratory has been set up under the guidance of the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru in Karnataka.
- With this laboratory, food grains to be issued from FCI depots under various welfare schemes of the Government of India will be checked in-house for pesticide residues, Mycotoxin, Uric acid and fortification level of vitamins to ensure the food grain safety and nutritional security of the consumers.
Institute of Food Security–
- It is an autonomous body and civil service training institute formed by the FCI under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
- It was started in 1971 under the name, the Central Training Institute (CTI), as the controlling training centre of FCI.
- The Institute acts as a hub of information, training and research activities related to food security in India.
- It is situated in the FCI premises at Gurugram in Haryana state.
Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru-
- It is one of the constituent laboratories under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
- It was established on 21 October 1950 in Mysore, Karnataka.
- CFTRI also has its resource centers in Hyderabad, Lucknow and Mumbai, rendering technical assistance to numerous entrepreneurs.
- The institute develops technologies to increase efficiency and reduce post-harvest losses, add convenience, increase export, find new sources of food products, integrate human resources in food industries, reduce costs, and modernize.
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