Officials make lab test mandatory to ensure quality of midday meal in schools
Palakkad: The General Education department has made lab test mandatory to ensure quality of midday meals at schools. Micro biology lab accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) shall be used for this purpose.
Quality check is already in use in schools and contract was signed with Cashew Export Promotion Council of India, Kollam for this purpose by the education department. However, inspections and tests were conducted occasionally at places where quality was being compromised.
Tests aim to find out the presence of E Coli and salmonella in midday meals. Test of a midday meal costs Rs 295, including tax, and drinking water test including tax costs Rs 177.
Quality of rice supplied to schools and anganwadies is checked at the FCI godowns by quality assurance officer. Thus, cooked rice won’t be tested in the lab.
Schools were directed to buy other grains from the outlets of civil supply corporation after checking the quality. Flash inspections shall be done in schools to check the quality of food by a team under the leadership of deputy director of the education department.