National Conference on Food Safety and Harmonization set for 22nd

To Press Releases listNov 17, 2017

Pakistan Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR) under Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with Nestlé Pakistan is organizing a National Conference tilted “Food Safety and Harmonization: shaping a Healthier Nation”. The conference aims to address the issues around food harmonization. Food regulations remain fragmented in Pakistan, causing barriers to trade between provinces and federal and lead to increased complexity which adversely affects foreign investment.

Well renowned expert, the Outgoing-Chairperson of Codex Alimentarius Commission, Ms. Awilo Ochieng Pernet will also be gracing this conference and will highlight the need of science based harmonized regulation for Pakistan. This is the first time that someone who is such an authority on the subject is coming to Pakistan to meet both provincial and federal officials to discuss the issue of harmonisation.

Elaborating on the need for harmonization Dr. Shahzad Alam-Chairman PCSIR said, “Harmonization of food safety legislation based on scientific principles, in line with CODEX standards and guidelines, will lead towards the promotion of trade and safety of consumers. In Pakistan, it is a need of time for developing uniform food standards at national level in accordance with international best practices”.

Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs commented,” In order to ensure consistency in standards, quality and competitiveness, food-related legislation should be harmonized through one national law developed with consensus of all stakeholders, including federal and provincial governments and private sector.”

The conference will be a theme of high relevance to all stakeholders including the government, civil society and the private sector. It will be attended by scientists, academia, researchers, policy makers, and enforcement agencies from all over Pakistan. It will open the door for harmonization of food standards in Pakistan which will allow the food industry in Pakistan to made food based on international standards that will boost export and develop a culture of safe food in Pakistan.

About Nestlé Pakistan

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 191 countries around the world, and its 328,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2000 brands include local favorites like NESTLÉ MILKPAK, NESTLÉ PURELIFE and NESTLÉ FRUITA VITALS. Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago.

For further information, please contact:
Zara Basharat
Corporate Media Relations Manager, Nestlé Pakistan
Contact number: 042-35988138
Email: zara.basharat@PK.nestle.com

 

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