Food Safety

The Food Safety Division was earlier established Food Toxicology Division in the year 1978 to investigate food borne disease outbreaks and for toxicological evaluation of foods. Over the past 3 decades the division has made significant contributions in the field of naturally occurring food toxins, pesticide residues, food additives, toxic metals in water and food, and food adulterationand emerged as an important reference department for risk assessment of several of these food contaminants affecting the food supply chain. The division is also engaged in environmental monitoring as well as biomonitoring to study human exposures to carcinogens/toxins/toxic elements in the environment and their biological impact.

Over the past 3 decades the Division has worked on various areas namely mycotoxins, heavy metals and pesticide residues. As a result, various government departments related to food supply and control such as the food safety regulatory bodies, department of agriculture, department of food and civil supplies, food and nutrition board, department of commerce, export inspection council, commodity boards such as Coffee Board and the Spices Board, APEDA, etc. relied on the divisions’ expertise for risk assessment, detection and capacity building programmes, for making regulatory risk management decisions.

Due to expertise in Fluoride and fluorosis research, the department is part of the ICMR Task Force Group and engaged in the ICMR Task Force Projects. The Department head is the member of expert committee and Trainer for National Programme for Prevalence and Control of Fluorosis (NPPCF), M/O Health and Family Welfare GOI, and offered Training to Technicians and Consultants on fluorosis. The department can also under take trainings for those engaged in rural water supply, doctors, paramedical staff working in hospitals.

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  1. Dr. Arjun L Khandare, Scientist G & Head
  2. Dr. Sukesh Narayan Sinha, Scientist F
  3. Dr. J. Padmaja, Scientist F
  4. Dr. S. Vasanthi, Scientist E
  5. Dr. Vakdevi Validandi, Scientist C