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FCI sets up chemical laboratory in Gurugram, plans to open four more laboratories

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FCI sets up chemical laboratory in Gurugram, plans to open four more laboratories

Gurugram, Nov 20 (PTI) Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ashwini Kumar Choubey on Saturday inaugurated a chemical laboratory set up by the state-owned FCI in Haryana with an investment of about Rs 5 crore. Choubey said that four more such laboratories would be set up across the country.

FCI has developed its first state-of-the-art laboratory for in-house testing of food grains samples at the Food Safety Institute (an in-house training centre).

During the programme, the Minister also launched short films, radio jingles and social media materials about the nutritionally enriched nature of rice.

Fortification means increasing the amount of essential micronutrients in the food to improve its quality.

Addressing the program, Choubey said that the government has ensured the food security of the country and is now making efforts to provide nutritional security.

He said that FCI has set up this state-of-the-art chemical laboratory in this institute and four more laboratories will be opened at the regional level.

He appreciated the FCI and other state agencies involved in undertaking the challenging task during the COVID pandemic.

Talking about the ‘fortification’ of rice, he said that the Prime Minister in his speech on the 75th Independence Day of the country had announced that fortified rice would be made available under every government program by the year 2024.

Choubey said the government is implementing this program in three phases and is striving to reach the target set by the Prime Minister by the year 2023 under the Food Act and all central welfare schemes including mid-day meals.

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He said that the government is also planning to make fortified rice available in the markets.

‘Iron’, ‘Folic Acid’ and ‘Vitamin B-12’ are being added in the fortification process of rice.

FCI CMD Atish Chandra said the company has laboratories in its various godowns to test the physical properties of food grains like moisture.

“This is the first laboratory for testing on chemical parameters. It has been set up at a cost of Rs 4.8 crore.” He said that four more chemical laboratories would be set up.

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