State of the art food analysis laboratory is being established in Peshawar at a cost of PKR 141.69 million. Along with a static lab, two mobile food analysis laboratories are also being created at a cost of PKR52 million, at divisional level.
This was said by the director general of Food Safety and Halal Food Authority, Shah Rukh Ali Khan, in a statement issued by the department. While briefing the media, Shah Rukh said that the authority deputed staff and provided the required equipment to the Food Analysis Laboratory Hayatabad.
He said that the laboratory would be upgraded, and equipped with modern technology tools after procurement of additional high-tech machines, adding that “the lab would help the food authority in eradication of food adulteration and provision of safe and healthy food to the public”.
The Director General further informed that the authority was earlier working in seven divisional headquarters of the province. But later the work was extended to 15 more districts where food security teams were ensuring that quality food in being provided to the people through various interventions.
“To stop the spread of communicable diseases through food outlets, the Authority was establishing a central medical screening laboratory in Peshawar”, he said.
Moreover, the authority has also arranged training for food handlers and within the first two months of the current year, 552 handlers were trained, Ali Khan said.
He added, “241 awareness sessions on food safety at public places were also conducted”, adding that during the last two months, 23,625 food-related businesses were inspected in the province.