ISLAMABAD : Ministry of National Food Security & Research is in process of establishing National Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Authority with an objective to enhance export of Pakistani food items as per food safety standards required by the importing countries. “Government in collaboration with the stakeholders is in process to improve the level of compliance to food safety standards”, official sources at Ministry told APP here today.     Government has taken various measures to comply with Economic Commission’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) which includes modernization of laboratory services of MFD.

   MFD Microbiology and Chemical Labs have also been internationally accredited to comply with the food safety standard of importing countries.

   Improvement of fishing vessels and hygiene practices, improvement of landing and auction sites, improvement of fish processing plants, strengthening of fishery products production chain supervision and harmonization of standards is also in consideration.

   Official said four boats modified as modular boats and around 200 fishermen’s boats have been modified.

   Besides,Food Irradiation Facility at Lahore and Hot Water Treatment Plant in Karachi have also been established by Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company in collaboration of the stakeholders for treatment of the horticultural products.

   “Vapor Heat Treatment Plant has also been imported from Japan for processing of mangoes to be exported to Japan”.