The State government will empanel five more laboratories, apart from the food testing labs at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode, under the Food Safety wing for testing food samples as part of the proper implementation of the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) 2006.

These include the Quality Evaluation lab of Spices Board, and the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology’s lab, both at Kochi, the Pesticides Control Lab of Agriculture University, Vellayani, the Microbiology lab of DFRD at Konni, and the laboratory of Cashew Export Promotion Council at Kollam.