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Sun, 22 Sep 2019

Northeast Today

Nagaland becomes the first in North East to get level 2 food laboratory

Nagaland becomes the first in North East to get level 2 food laboratory
May 15
12:26 2019

NET Bureau

The Nagaland state food laboratory today became the first in the entire North East to have upgraded to a level- 2 laboratory.

This is part of a Central Sector Scheme for strengthening of the food testing system in the country. The machines alone cost Rs. 10 crores, which was provided as non-recurring grant by the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
It was inaugurated by I Himato Zhimomi, Principal Secretary cum Commissioner, Food Safety, Nagaland in a function held at the State Public Health Laboratory, Kohima.
Three major equipment have been provided to this level-2 laboratory. They include a Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (LCMS), Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GCMS) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICPMS).
The equipment can analyze a wide range of food components namely—cereals, oils, food products, beverages, spices, sweets, vegetables, additives etc, including organic, inorganic parts of the food contents like vitamins, proteins, peptides, amino acid hormones, food colors, minerals etc, and test their purity.
The Mass Spectrometer can distinguish food flavoring enhancers from natural origin or synthetic chemicals, natural or artificial sweeteners, emulsifiers or stabilizers etc. It can also identify natural or added synthetic food colours and quantify them. It also plays a significant role in identification and determination of molecular mass of heavy metal compounds like lead, arsenic, mercury etc, which may get into food or water bodies from the environment (water, soil & air).
The equipment also tests water quality or potential food contamination from its source of origin like environmental factors. It is a powerful tool for characterization of various bio molecules, including proteins, nuclei and carbohydrates; can analyze the nutritional composition or contents of food samples; and also detect or identify pesticides in food bodies and quantify the impurity.

Source: The Morung Express

 

 

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