Dr K Laxma Reddy, Telangana Medical and Health Minister, recently stated that the government has sanctioned 30 posts of food safety officers and 10 posts of designated officers in the state for implementation of Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act.
The state government have also constituted 14 special teams consisting of task force with police and food department for checking food adulteration in the state.
One food testing laboratory in the state is located at Nacharma. The lab has been serving for both states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The capacity to analyse food sample is about 12,600 samples per annum.
During 2014-15, around 222 samples were analysed. Of them, 13 samples were found not conforming standards (5.85 per cent). In 2015-16, 1809 samples were analysed, and out ff them 435 found were not conforming standards (24 per cent). On the other hand, 1433 samples were analysed during the year 2016-17. Of them 304 were found not conforming standards (11.69 per cent).
In 2017-18 up to September, 3788 samples have been analysed. Of them, 250 were found not conforming standards (6.59 per cent).
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