India CSR News Network
NEW DELHI: The Akshaya Patra Foundation inaugurated its second Food Safety and Quality Control Lab (FSQC Lab) in Lucknow near Indane Bottling Plant, Amausi Industrial Area. The state-of-art minilab 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 in the presence of Shri Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR, Lucknow and Dr Mukul Das, Chief Scientist and Area Coordinator, IITR (CSIR) on 24 October, 2016
The state-of-the-art food testing laboratory services will help minimize potential hazards, protect consumer’s health from unwanted food safety scares, and improve health and wellness by maintaining nutritional levels as per MDM guidelines. The food testing services cover multiple chemical, microbiological, physical, and sensory examinations (more than 60 parameters) to analyze and ensure the safety and quality of raw materials and finished products. The mini lab involves 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.
Shridhar Venkat, CEO of The Akshaya Patra Foundation thanked the support extended by Tata Trustin setting up the second lab in Lucknow. He remarked that these initiatives will further strengthen the food safety and quality control practices and help us 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.