All possible support to be given to PSQCA to ensure quality items for consumers: Tanveer

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KARACHI, Feb, 13, (APP): Government is providing
every possible support to Pakistan Standards Quality and Control Authority (PSQCA) to ensure provision of quality food items to the consumers, said Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain  on Monday.
Talking to media here after meeting with PSQCA officers, he said that
presently, the authority has 108 mandatory items on its list and very recently ‘Milk’ has also been included in the mandatory
list of PSQCA.
Up till now licenses to six brands have been issued
and licensing process for others are underway which shall
hopefully be completed within this month, Rana Tnveer said.
He said that equipment worth Rs.40 million have been provided for
up-gradation of PSQCA Labs that illustrates the government’s determination of its up-gradation.
The Mobile Lab of PSQCA has also been refurbished and will
be deployed at different stations/markets/bazars for on the spot
checking of daily use items, the minister said.
The Government is committed for recruitment of highly qualified
and competent staff in PSQCA for which interview process to hire 76
Engineers/Scientists had been completed.
The Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain
said that PSQCA has already establishing new offices/labs facilities at
Quetta the minister said and added that the work in this regard will start next month.
PSQCA is also aiming to establish Asian Institute of Standards
(AIS) at Islamabad for which preparatory work with regard to
preparation of PC-1 is underway.
The Federal Minister  said that the National Assembly Standing
Committee on Science and Technology has also advised PSQCA to include Wheat Flour in the list of mandatory items so that appropriate activities are
Initiated to ensure the supply of quality Wheat Flour to the
consumers.They are also undertaking the standard preparation
‘on Fortified Wheat Flour.
In order to expend the activities of PSQCA, the minister said that he
have directed to open new zones and offices throughout the country for
which Federal Government will provide every possible support.
PSQCA by March 2017 will also be introducing the concept of
issuance of Foreign Manufacturing License, he said.
PSQCA has also finalized and streamlined its different database
and most of the information now available on newly launched
website.
PSOCA has also introduced Mobile -App for the help of
common consumers to verify the authenticity of licenses issued to
different products, the minister added.
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