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Food Corporation of India (FCI), part of the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD), has developed the first modern laboratory for internal testing of food grain samples. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Secretary of State for Consumer Affairs, Food Distribution and Public Affairs and the Environment, Forests and Climate Change, inaugurated the “Quality Control Laboratory” at the Institute of Safety. Food Security (IFS), FCI, Gurugram (Haryana).

He also launched a short film on ‘Fortification of Rice’ and ‘short films on bursting myth, Radio Jingles, and Social Media collaterals on rice fortification’. The DFPD is celebrating the iconic week Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

While addressing the staff and officers of FCI at the Institute, Choubey said that Modi Government is committed to providing safe and healthy food grain to the consumers. He applauded the efforts of DFPD and all the organisations under it, such as FCI, CWC, IGMRI, WDRA, National Sugar Institute and others.

He also said that these events shall be effective in reaching out to people and taking the vision and good work of the Centre to them. He emphasised the Centre’s commitment towards the importance of eating safe and healthy food and appreciated FCI’s all-inclusive approach to working towards a healthier nation. He also stressed the need to provide sufficient, safe and nutritious food grain to all people which is one of the major global concerns, and said that PMis making every effort to safeguard the Food Security of every citizen of the country.

He further emphasised that in view of large-scale malnutrition, anaemia among children and women, Centre is working towards increasing the nutritious content of rice through fortification. Fortified rice distribution is being taken up under different Government schemes including Public Distribution System, MidDay Meal among others and will be completed by 2024.

“Not only through Public Distribution System, but Centre is making efforts to make Fortified Rice available in open markets soon,” he said.

He said that the phase bound manner during first phase, till March 22m 35 LMT fortified rice is targeted to be distributed through ICDS and MDM schemes. In the second phase, till March 2023, 175LMT Fortified Rice will be distributed and in third phase till March 2024, 350 LMT Fortified Rice will be distributed.

He appreciated FCI for developing its first state-of-art laboratory for in house testing of food grain samples for chemical parameters which will lead to improved satisfaction levels for the consumers. The laboratory has been set up under the able guidance of the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru in Karnataka.

He pointed out that now food grains to be issued from FCI depots under various welfare schemes of Government of India will be checked in-house for pesticide residues, Mycotoxin, Uric acid and fortification level of vitamins to ensure the food grain safety and nutritional security of the consumers. He wished FCI will work in a transparent manner with a pro-active approach as a bridge between the farmers and consumers in the country and FCI would be ready for adopting technological advancement of international standards.

These transformational reforms will go a long way in making the simpler process for ensuring the timely supply of safe food grain to the consumer. He congratulated CMD, FCI, Atish Chandra for the event celebrated under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and thanked all the staff and officers of the corporation for showing the team spirit to makePrime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision a success.

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