Food safety laws to be strictly implemented: Dr Sikandar
KARACHI – The provincial government has given paramount importance to the public safety and their health issues, which is evident that Sindh Food Authority has been established along with the enforcement of Consumers Protection Act in the province.
This was stated by Dr Sikandar Ali Shoro, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh on Information Science and Technology.
He was speaking as a chief guest at the 10th Consumers Food Safety and Quality Conference being organised with by Consumer Association of Pakistan (CAP) with the collaboration of Malaysian Palm Oil Board and support of Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) and Government of Sindh.
Dr Sikandar Ali Shoro said that the scope of work for ensuring availability of qualitative and hygienic food is extremely huge, complicated and a matter of utmost importance. Hence the provincial government is gradually working towards the direction of food safety and its quality issues.
He added that the provincial government is reviewing international laws and practices for quality control of food items to enact them on the soil of Pakistan. Rules and regulations will be rolled out and implemented soon in the province.
Speaking to the audience, Kaukab Iqbal Chairman Consumers Association of Pakistan (CAP) said strict regulatory measures as well as frequent inspections of food processing plants and farms should be made by authorities to prevent the public from unhygienic food items. He urged the Sindh government for establishment of Sindh Food Authority (SFA) as well as consumer courts to ensure consumers’ rights with immediate effect.
Director General Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) Kahalid Siddiqui termed conference a step in the right direction to aware people about the importance of standardization. PSQCA being the sole national standard body is fully aware about the substandard counterfeit products. “I assure you that PSQCA will not let counterfeiters free or unchecked in Pakistan.”
He said that PSQCA has decided to impose a ban on sale of open oil and ghee in the county as advertisements in this connection are being published in newspapers. Production of ghee and oil be ensured as per set standards of the PSQCA. Violators would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
As per rough estimates, some 400 tons of substandard open oil and ghee is being sold in Karachi on a daily basis, putting the citizens’ live at high risk.
Highlighting the significance of standardization, Khalid said standards are becoming a pillar of the new global trade system. Today’s increasingly globalized trading environment, international standards are powerful tools to lead positive change for spurring economic growth, adapt to climate change and open up global markets.