A high-tech food lab is to be set up in Goa. The lab will be operated by the Export Inspection Agency (EIA) and will be positioned at Margao’s South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) market complex. The site was inspected by the senior officials of the EIA as well as officials from the directorate of food and drugs administration (FDA) and SGPDA, minister for town and country planning (TCP) Vijai Sardesai.
After the inspection, Sardesai said that initially the lab was to be set up in Mapusa but later on decided to move it to Margao as there was a major fish-scare laced with formalin in the former town. The size of the lab covers 500 sq mtrs and the cost incurred for the laboratory is estimated to be Rs.15 crore. The high-tech lab is equipped with latest technology to conduct tests on various food items like vegetables, fruits, meat… most other products except FISH.
“The EIA officials are working hard to set up the lab in Goa and making it efficient enough to maintain high level of food standards”, said Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane. Commenting further on the laboratory, Sanu Jacob, Joint Director of EIA said that it would take six months for the lab to become fully functional. The time bound has to be considered keeping in mind for obtaining mandatory approvals from various authorities. Once the documentation is aligned, the EIA will run confirmatory tests and analysis on the samples given by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).