An NABL Accreditated Western Region Referral Laboratory

Department of Veterinary Public HealthBombay Veterinary College, Parel, Mumbai – 12

The Department of Veterinary Public Health of the Bombay Veterinary College has established the “Western Region Referral Laboratory for Meat and Meat Products Quality Standards” with funding from Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi under National Agricultural Technology Project (ToE mode). The establishment of this modern laboratory which is presently well equipped with all facilities and manpower is the outcome of the many years of Research and Development (R & D) work of the scientists of this department who have developed the technical know-how to undertake the analysis of meat and meat products for all type of Quality parameters – Physical, Chemical, Microbiological, Residual pesticides and antimicrobials, etc.

This state-of-art laboratory is well equipped with modern and sophisticated equipments like Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer-Mass Spectrometer, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS), Gas Chromatography- Electron Capture Detector (GC-ECD), Gas Chromatography- Flame Thermionic Detector (GC-FTD), Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, Auto-extractor, UV-visible spectrophotometer, PCR, etc. has undergone a complete transformation into one of the best chemical/biological and analytical testing facilities in the field of veterinary science.This laboratory under the Central Sector Scheme entitled “Monitoring of Pesticide Residues at National Level” has undertaken monitoring of pesticide residues in foods of animal origin. Initially, the laboratory was engaged in detection of 14 organochlorine, 7 organophosphorus and 4 Synthetic Pyrethroid residues from Fat, Meat, Liver, Kidney and chicken eggs by liquid-liquid extraction method. However the laboratory standardized and validated a solid phase extraction procedure for the detection of 11 organochlorine and 1 organophosphorus residues from meat and chicken egg. Over all five years of extensive experience of this laboratory in pesticide residue analysis and its expertise, competency and efficiency, WRRL has been recently granted accreditation by National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories, Vide Letter No. NABL/T/1481/11/04, Dated: 27.07.2011 for chemical testing in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (Certificate No. T-2007). This is the first Veterinary laboratory to receive NABL accreditation in the country for pesticide residue analysis in complex food matrices of animal origin. The laboratory is committed for Quality Services under the able guidance of Dr. A.M. Paturkar, Quality Manger and Associate Dean of Bombay Veterinary College along with his team Dr. R.J. Zende, Technical Manger and Professor; Dr. V.M. Vaidya, Assistant Professor, Dr. S. G. Bhandare, Assistant Professor, Dr. Nagappa S. Karabasanavar, Assistant Professor, Dr. Amila B. Kadam, Research Associate and Mrs. Trupti P. Padalkar, Senior Research Fellow.