Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, recently inaugurated NDDB’s hi-tech honey testing laboratory and beekeeping training programme for dairy farmers at National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Anand in the presence of Guest of Honour Giriraj Singh, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying.
This world class honey testing facility has come up as part of its multi-disciplinary laboratory - CALF (Centre of Analysis and Learning in Livestock and Food.) This is the only accredited laboratory in the country which can test honey sample as per FSSAI’s latest regulation of 1st July 2020 (as on date) by undertaking authenticity testing by using sophisticated analytical instruments and wet chemical analysis.
This NABL accredited laboratory can also test honey as per requirement of BIS, AGMARK, Codex standards and Residue Monitoring Plan (RMP) of Export Inspection Council covering pesticides, antibiotics, heavy metals and wet chemical testing.
Giriraj Singh said that authenticity of honey has become a serious issue as suppliers indulge in unethical practices for economic gains. The testing facility at NDDB will help honey farmers, cooperatives and honey industry in producing quality honey for domestic consumption and export by meeting regulatory requirements.