Food Safety on Wheels is moving vehicles arranged by the FSSAI to supervise the food products in different areas around the country. They are used to educate the public and give awareness about the hygiene of foods FSWs would be utilized for executing the functions of
(i) surveillance and creating awareness regarding the food safety in remote areas in the State, large public congregations, schools and consumer organizations;
(ii) transporting samples picked from remotes areas to the nearest food testing laboratory; thus as a cold chain logistics for regulatory/ surveillance sample
(iii) As an offsite wing of Labs,
(iv) Education of the consumers in various aspects of food safety laws and common hygiene practices
(v) As a module for communicating IEC materials in vernacular languages,
(vi) As a handy tool for training street food vendors,
(vii) Providing information and support for licensing and registration
(viii) Training and/or awareness programs for plantation workers about food safety
(ix) on the spot test facilities for qualitative adulteration of common food items like ghee, milk, khoya, sweets, edible oil, spices, water & other beverages non-permitted food colours in various foods like cereals, pulses, namkeens, prepared foods etc.
Each FSW can test about 80 parameters qualitatively across 7 different food categories. In addition, each FSW has a provision for performing simple microbiological tests if the states so desire
In kerala we have 14 FSWs operational in our 14 districts. The FSWs are used to test adulteration in common food items and give training to food business operators and to create awareness among the public.