The National Food Laboratory (NFL) was inaugurated in Raxaul, Bihar on 5 June 2022 by Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya.
The inauguration took place in the presence of Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, Government of Nepal, Mahendra Rai Yadav. The NFL at Raxaul, established by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), is a modern facility equipped with advanced facilities and infrastructure for testing food samples entering India. “It will support enhanced bilateral trade between India and Nepal by reducing the time taken for testing samples of food and agricultural exports of Nepal which currently need to be sent to Delhi or Kolkata for testing,” according to a press release issued by Indian Embassy, Kathmandu. “The installation of an upgraded laboratory at Raxaul was a longstanding request of Nepal’s exporters which now stands fulfilled. The NFL is yet another reflection of India’s commitment to improve connectivity, trade and border infrastructure with Nepal as part of its “Neighbourhood First” policy,” reads the statement.