FSSAI – Merck Opens C-MAT Center for Microbiological Analysis Training
In a recent collaboartion, FSSAI & Merck have joined hands to open C-MAT – Center for Microbiological Analysis Training with an aim to enhance skill developments pertaining to the Food Safety Industry.
Merck has partnered with FSSAI – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to set up a fully operational microbiological testing lab – the Center for Microbiological Analysis Training (C-MAT) equipped with the latest instruments & technologies. The prime motto behind this initiative is to provide top-notch training in microbiological testing to food safety scientists & officials belonging to govt labs and also to FSSAI certified private lab officials.
Udit Batra, CEO, Life Science and member of the Merck Executive Board said that the awareness about the importance of Food Safety has grown immensely in India owing to the increased amount of food processing and production done lately. This collaboration further aims to provide skills training, implement new technology for food testing to handle quality demands and advance food safety for India, as well as the worldwide market, he added.
FSSAI – Merck C-MAT has the technology to help resolve a number of the challenges faced by food security scientists at pathogen testing and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Audit management. HACCP is an internationally accepted technique for preventing contamination and chemical microbiological across the food supply chain. It explains the dangers, determines control factors, sets limits that are crucial and warranties control measures are confirmed, verified and monitored prior to implementation. The lab is intended to meet with the Biosafety Level-2 standards for testing.
Mr. Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI stated that the team is thrilled that Merck has taken the initiative to set up a Microbiological testing lab at National Food Laboratory in Ghaziabad. He assures that this center will provide world-class training for food analysts and other technical personnel from laboratories across the nation.
Merck is providing a complete food pathogen testing platform to the food and beverage safety testing market and provides food and beverage safety and quality through lab testing efficiency and regulatory expertise.