The central government has requested all the states and Union Territories for testing of the meals provided to school children under Mid Day Meal Scheme from accredited labs. The states and UTs Government may involve Food Inspectors to collect the food samples for testing on quality parameters.
The Governments of NCT Delhi and Punjab have engaged accredited labs for testing of samples in their State.
Mid Day Meal Scheme covers 10.80 crore children in 11.58 lakh schools during 2013-14. The Scheme provides for a mechanism to deal with complaints and grievances of the stakeholders. The Ministry of HRD has been issuing instructions from time to time for effective implementation of the Scheme.
Under Mid Day Meal Scheme, only hot cooked meals are served to the children as per the direction of the Supreme Court of India.