Skill Development Challenges Facing Food Analysis
Nuffoods Spectrum|April 2017
Skill Development Challenges Facing Food Analysis
Food analyst should have acumen to decide product category as stated in regulations, applicable test methods and specifications to be followed.
Dr Deepa Bhajekar and Karishma Aziz

The uniqueness and diversity of Indian foods has tremendous economic potential and forms the basis of the Indian food industry. Its association with global cuisines accompanied by diminishing trade barriers is instrumental in further catapulting the industry to great heights. The industry stretching across agriculture, food processing sector, retail, cold chain and exports is capable of attracting huge investments as well as creating a plethora of jobs. By 2024, only the food processing sector is expected to employ 9 million people in India and expected to generate about 8,000 direct and 80,000 indirect jobs.

In order to keep the industry surging, it is critical that the product output continually meets the necessary national and international standards. This in turn can be monitored by food testing laboratories which provide accurate, traceable and reproducible data for chemical and biological analysis. In order to meet the strict regulations associated with foods, laboratories need to be upgraded sufficiently, so that they are capable of performing a wide array of tests for an exhaustive variety of sample matrices. Latest equipment and facilities are needed wherein one could obtain quick and precise results.

Why is the quality of test result dependent on the skill of analyst and not just the equipment?

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April 2017