Mobile inspection van to be operated

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 2, 2012-

The Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC), in a bid to make the monitoring of food items effective, has planned to operate a mobile inspection van from mid November. According to DFTQC, the van, equipped with advanced equipment, will help the department test food samples instantly in the market.

“We will bring the van into use after Tihar,” said Pramod Koirala, spokesperson for DFTQC’s.

Although the department had acquired the van about a year ago, it hasn’t come into operation so far. The department said it was not able to bring the van into operation due to the lack of budget to register the vehicle at the Department of Transport Management. “The registration has been delayed for over a year due to shortage of just Rs 50,000,” said Koirala.

According to DFTQC, the van is capable of testing the adulteration like inedible colours and unwanted micro-organisms. “It will be able to test microbes like choliform bacteria in milk,” said Koirala. “However, the inspection van cannot check the level of complex substances like protein and micro fibres, among others,” he added.

The department acquired the van worth Rs 10 million with support from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the European Commission.

Meanwhile, DFTQC has planned to appoint additional food inspectors. Amid growing cases of food adulteration, the department has been facing severe manpower crunch.


Published: 03-11-2012 09:17

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