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Equinox Labs inaugurates 20,000sq ft food testing laboratory in Rabale
Thursday, 04 July, 2013, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Shardul Nautiyal, Mumbai
Equinox Labs' new food testing laboratory in Rabale, Navi Mumbai, was inaugurated by Suresh Deshmukh, joint commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Maharashtra, recently. The facility, which covers an area of 20,000sq ft, houses microbiology and chemistry laboratories, a seminar hall with a seating capacity of fifty and a sensory evaluation area.

In his inaugural address, Deshmukh said, “There is a dearth of good laboratories in India, and such facilities will fill the gaps in implementing food safety and compliance with the guidelines laid down by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Every food business has to be approved and registered/a licensee under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, and Regulations (FSSR), 2011.”

“The entire process of self-regulation by food business operators (FBOs) should be driven by exercising self-inspection checklists and formats provided by FSSAI to conduct food recalls. A food security management system (FSMS) plan and a recall plan should also be in place in accordance with the guidelines laid down in Schedule IV of the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011,” he added.

Equinox Labs was represented at the inauguration by Ashwin Bhadri, head, business relations, and Cynthia Joseph of the compliance team. Other attendees included hoteliers, restaurateurs, food sellers and resellers, food importers and exports, and representatives of the packaged food industry, corporate, school and hospital canteens, and government institutions.
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