In a significant development, Food Testing Laboratories of Jammu and Srinagar have joined elite list of prestigious institutions of the country engaged in analytical work of food & food products by achieving NABL accreditation as mandated under Section 43 of Food Safety & Standards Act 2006.
National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) a constituent board of Quality Council of India (QCI) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has granted accreditation in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 to Food testing laboratories of Jammu and Srinagar under chemical testing for quality assurance.
In this regard, Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) in the year 2016 had advised all the States and UTs to initiate the process of NABL Accreditation. The Apex Authority on 18.12.2020, after reviewing the progress of the States and UTs in this regard had de-notified a number of Food Laboratories of various States and UTs including the Food Testing Laboratory Srinagar for the want of NABL Accreditation, though the basic documentation of both the laboratories had been done. Consequently, the food samples lifted by the Food Safety Officers in Kashmir valley during market inspections since January 2021 had to be referred to Food Testing Laboratory Jammu for analysis.
Commissioner Food & Drug Administration in a statement released to the media said that the Department without the assistance of any Consultant since 2019 mobilized all the resources & manpower to get NABL accreditation of Food Testing laboratories Jammu and Srinagar. A team of in-house experts, both from Food and Drug Wings of the Department was constituted by Commissioner Food & Drug Administration in consultation with Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department. The progress on this account was reviewed on weekly basis by Commissioner FDA and monthly by FC Health and Medical Education,” it added.
Giving further details it was revealed that the Food Laboratory Jammu was granted NABL accreditation in the month of March 2021 while the Food Laboratory Srinagar has been accorded NABL accreditation recently on 22nd May, 2021. “The NABL certification has been achieved in a record time in the prevailing pandemic situation, as food testing is an essential part of the Food Safety ecosystem to assure that the food conforms to the prescribed legal standards and is safe to consume.
This accreditation certification will enable the food regulatory mechanism in Jammu & Kashmir to deliver quality service in the interest of consumer safety & public health to achieve the goal of adulteration free and disease free society. This will also improve the sampling and inspection system at the grass roots level to meet quality aspects & necessary standards of Food Safety in the interest of public health,” Shakeel ur Rehman, Commissioner Food & Drug Administration said.
The Commissioner Food & Drug Administration appreciated the efforts of the expert committee and other officers of the department associated with the exercise. He specifically lauded the guidance provided by Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo and said that sufficient financial & logistic support was provided by FC Health for up gradation of the existing Food Testing Laboratories in terms of infrastructure, equipment and manpower to match the testing standards & requirements as mandated under the provisions of Food Safety & Standards Act 2006, to bring it at par with the leading testing and research institutions of the Country.
‘Not everyone can be called for the meeting’: Dr. Nirmal Singh on Ch. Lal Singh
Former Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Dr. Nirmal Singh had an interview with JK Channel executive Ashish Kohli. He talked about the All Party Meeting on 24th June in Delhi.
Q. Sir, what do you think would be the topics about J&K in the meeting?
On 5th August, 2019 a very big change happened for Jammu and Kashmir after 72 years. The meeting will surely involve discussions on post abolition of article 370, how J&K can achieve heights of progress and how people can participate in that through elections and delimitations especially the deprived people in J&K like POK people, Western Pakistani refugees, Kashmiri displaced, Gujjars, Bakarwals and Pahadis .
We’ll also talk about the agendas of specific political parties since 72 years which are against the will of J&K public. If they keep extending these topics, they’ll get nothing in return.
Q. Mehbooba Mufti told to talk to Pakistan even when few days back a 25 year old was killed by terrorists. Why this sympathy for terrorism?
This is Jammu’s misfortune that this agenda kept on going for years in the region and did nothing for the public of Jammu as well as Kashmir except handing over guns to the youth. The youngsters now want to work, they want good education and employment but still some parties with the same agenda are destroying everything.
Q. Very few leaders from Jammu have been called for the meeting and some like Choudhary Lal Singh have shown resentment about that. Do you think Jammu’s voice will be raised?
Jammu has a population of around 1.3 crore and every person thinks he’s better than the other. But everyone cannot be called for the meeting. BJP has always raised it’s voice for Jammu region and Nationalist Forces and it will continue doing that. All of us have seen a demo on 5th August. See people attending the meeting will be the ones who will represent National thinking and others will come with same old agendas. So, the meeting will have good and mature discussions.
Q. Lot of talks about Jammu becoming a separate state. Your views on that?
At this moment I feel we need to think how post 5th August we have to do the consolidation, make popular Government, walk towards delimitation and end the imbalance prevailing right now. Rest, everyone has different opinions and different agendas. These things keep going and are discussed in democracy.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
Jammu: Major accident reported as 3 vehicles collide
A major accident was reported at Gujjar Nagar near Jammu University, where a Haryana-based black-colored XUV bearing number HR51AP7191 collided with a truck. According to the car driver, another car was overtaking his car, and a truck parked on the roadside also started, due to which his car sandwiched between both vehicles. The driver has suffered minor injuries.
The front portion of the car has been wrecked. A JK Police team also reached the spot and is clearing the traffic. The truck was lifted from the road, and soon the car will also be lifted from the road.
J&K Police SPO dies, forest guard injured in road accident
A Special Police Officer (SPO) was killed while a forest guard was injured after the car they were on board met with a road accident near High School Manoie in Tehsil Chilli Pingal, Bhalessa of Doda district.
Report said that a car bearing registration number JK02CM-0885 met with the accident at Manoie.
In the accident, SPO Ashok Kumar (1053/SPO) posted at SPP Malikpora died on the spot and another forest guard namely Mohammad Ashraf, son of Mohammad Shafi Zargar of Bhaderwah was injured.
The injured was shifted to SDH Gandoh for treatment.
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