Pakistan Not Meeting Criteria for Safe Quality Food

Faisalabad: Speakers at a seminar have said that the country is not meeting the criteria of Safe Quality Food (SQF) despite being the eighth largest world food consumer market in the world.

The seminar on food engineering was arranged by the Department of Farms Machinery and Power, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, at the New Senate Hall on Thursday. They said that 40,000 companies were meeting the criteria of Safe Quality Food (SQF) in 30 countries and 17,000 producers were registered with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) while Pakistan was lagging much behind in meeting the international standards.

They said that the food was the second biggest industry across the country, providing 16 percent employment only in the manufacturing sector. Pakistan was also the fifth largest milk producing country, they added. The speakers said that the university had launched the Food Engineering Program for producing quality manpower.