Food safety first as national laboratory opens

Food security and control in the country has been boosted with the first official National Food Safety Laboratory opened on Monday in Vientiane. The new laboratory is the first of its kind in Laos, serving as a ready reference centre for the control of food quality throughout the country. The new laboratory commenced construction in 2015 with 1,200 m2 through grant assistance provided by the French not-for-profit Fondation Merieux (Merieux Nutri Sciences) at a cost of about US$1.5 million. It comes as part of the organisation’s commitment to protecting global populations from food-borne diseases.

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