Thiruvananthapuram: With Sabarimala pilgrimage season round the corner, food safety authorities have set up two labs at Sannidanam and Pampa to ensure safety for the thousands of devotees arriving at Sabarimala.
The Kerala Commissionerate of Food Safety has appointed six analysts at the two labs to check the raw materials for making ‘aravana’ production. A top official said that the laboratories would start functioning right away. “Aravana production will begin in a couple of days. We are going to the godowns on Thursday to check the raw materials. A designated officer and two food safety officers have been deployed at the ‘Sannidanam’. Two teams comprising six food safety officials have been deployed outside Pampa,” said the official. Only male officers are being deployed The official said that aravana production unit at Erumeli would be under the scanner. “Annadanams’ would be held und-er our control. Our special squads would launch drives in and around Sannidanam from November 17 onwards,” said the official.