Imported food needs to undergo compulsory E-coli testing. This is an important decision taken in the meeting of the scientific panel on Contaminants or Biological Hazards of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
Dr.Bhupendra Singh, Senior Scientist, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, and Dr Malabika Roy, Deputy Director-general , Division of reproductive health and nutrition, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi have been assigned the task of preparing draft documents on microbiological standards of fruits& vegetable pdoducts and spices.
Microbiological parameters for fresh fruits and vegetables are not given under FSS Regulations, 2011 at present. All the members of the scientific panel were of the opinion that e-coli testing should be made mandatory for imported fresh fruits and vegetables. The methodology for analysis for e-coli testing will be sought from the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research.
This is undoubtedly, another one step ahead.