• Government of Meghalaya

Commissionerate of Food Safety Banner

SFTL buildingPasteur Hills, Meghalaya, Shillong was set up in the year 1981.Pasteur institute was established in 1915. The laboratory started as combined Food & Drug Laboratory, as to cater to the needs of the public and society, which laid by the Government of India in statutory guideline viz; Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954. Later with the implementation of Food Safety and Standard Act.2006, with effect from 5th August 2011 the Food Testing Laboratory is separated and functions as State Food Testing Laboratory, Pasteur Hills, Shillong under the Commissionerate of Food Safety, Meghalaya, Shillong.
SFTL building

The Food Testing Laboratory consists of three units:

i. Microbiology unit: It is a testing unit used to detect the bacteriological contamination of Food and water samples brought to the laboratory in order to know if the samples are free from any microbiological contaminant or presence of pathogens. This unit helps us to determine whether the food sample is safe and fit for human consumption. The unit have also been handling food poisoning and other food outbreaks cases in Meghalaya.

ii. Chemical unit: The unit basically analyzes the chemical content or concentration including the pH present in the various food products and water samples

iii. High End Equipment (HEE) unit: It is an analytical equipments used to identify compounds at trace level (at very low concentration upto parts per billion or parts per trillion). The instruments used in High End Equipment are:

  • ICPMSICPMS – inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry is an analytical technique that can be used to measured elements (heavy metals) at a trace level in food sample. Elemental analysis in food and water samples
  • ICPMSLC-MS/MS – Liquid Chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry is an analytical technique used to separate, identify or quantity each component in a mixture. LC-MS/MS is for polar compound analysis in food samples. LC-MS/MS is for non-polar compound analysis in food samples
  • ICPMSGC-MS/MS – Gas Chromatography mass spectrometry is an analytical method that combines the features of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify different substances within a test sample