PSQCA, PFA checks food in compliance of quality standard

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Islamabad, 2015: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Rana Tanveer Hussain chairing a meeting regarding the conflict b/w Punjab Food Authority Act2011 and PSQCA Act 1996.

KARACHI, Aug 3:  A Joint working group will established among the Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) and Provincial Food Department to ensure Quality of Food products in the country. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by the Federal Minister for Science & Technology Mr. Rana Tanveer Hussain at Ministry of Science & Technology on Tuesday. The meeting was held after the issue of jurisdiction and use of authority surfaced between PSQCA Act 1996 and Punjab Food Authority (PFA) Act 2011. For Instance, food processing is the mandate of PSQCA while quality checking of wheat comes under the authority of Punjab Government but once the wheat is grinded, it comes under the former’s jurisdiction. Similarly, PFA checks quality of mangoes but when its juice is extracted or its shape is changed its falls under PSQCA. However, there were incidents where both authorities would come face to face and the matter would heat up. The Federal Minister said working in isolation was disastrous and there should be mutual cooperation among the PSQCA and food authorities. “The purpose of PSQCA and food authorities is to provide neat, clean and standardized food, hence, their working relations should also be of the same nature,” the minister was quoted saying.
It was decided that the joint working group of law and standardization should be established under the Federal Secretary of Science & Technology, comprising provincial food secretaries as members and representatives from law and inter-provincial coordination divisions. The purpose of formulating the working group is to remove both technical  and non-technical  hurdles facing the PSQCA and provincial food authorities, and to bring harmony among their working.

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