Through a notification dated 8 April 2019, the FSSAI has fixed the charges for testing of proteins and calories under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Mid-Day Meal (MDM) schemes. Protein and calories have been specified as nutritional standards in Schedule II of the National Food Security Act, 2013. As per Guidelines on Food Safety and Hygiene for School level kitchens under the MDM scheme issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development dated 13 February 2015, the States/ UTs must consider engaging CSIR institutes or NABL accredited laboratories to undertake to test of samples of MDM for food safety and contamination. The testing must be carried out for microbiological as well as chemical parameters.
FSSAI had previously fixed the complete testing charges for different food samples through their order No. 10/QA/ Lab Costing/FSSAI/2016 dated 10.06.2016. However, no separate testing charges have been specified by FSSAI for testing of proteins and calories in Meals.
To remedy that the FSSAI has therefore, now fixed the charges as Rs.1200/- per sample (excluding taxes) for the testing of proteins and calories in meals under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Schemes for FSSAI notified laboratories with immediate effect.
GST applicable as per Central Government Orders, as amended from time to time, would be payable over and above the charges of Rs.1200/- per sample. Therefore, all FSSAI notified laboratories are directed to collect not more than Rs.1200/- (plus taxes) as testing charges for testing proteins and calories in meals under the ICDS and MDM schemes.
About Protein and Calorie in Meals
A Mid-Day Meal (MDM) is an important scheme that helps combat class room hunger and promotes better learning. MDM is effective in improving physical and psycho-social health for disadvantaged school children in lower income groups. It also has led to increased school attendance in governmentschools in India. According to this scheme the cooked meals provided to children in schools must have a minimum content of 450 calories and 12 grams of proteins, so as to provide them nutritional supplements.
Under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, supplementary nutrition is provided to bridge the gap between the Recommended Dietary Allowance and the Average dietary Intake. In February, 2009 the nutritional norms were increased to provide for increased energy and protein for different categories of beneficiaries as given below
Children (6 to 72 months)
From 300 to 500
From 8-10 to 12-15
Severely malnourished children (6 to 72 months)
From 600 to 800
From 20 to 20-25
Pregnant women and nursing mothers
From 500 to 600
From 15-20 to 18-20