A ceremony was held at the Agriculture University of Peshawar (AUP) on 30th July 2015, wherein two sets of 19 books were handed over to the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Zahoor Ahmed Swati. These books have been donated by the Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) II Programme,funded by the European Union , as part of their support efforts in establishing a Post Graduate Diploma Course (PGDC) in Food Safety and Controls. The books include notable titles like ‘Introduction to Food Toxicology’ by T. T. Shibamo and ‘Quality Management in Food Chains’ by E. L. Theuys.and “HACCP and ISO 22000: Application to foods of Animal Origin” by Arvanit Oyannis.
This programme will go a long way in introducing the subject of Food Safety in the Province, as well as setting up aninspection mechanism for food outlets and dining premises. The Post Graduate Diploma Course is the 4th one set up in Pakistan by TRTA II Programme after previous introductions at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) andthe University of Karachi (UOK).
The ceremony was attended by TRTA II Officials including Mr. Bruno Valanzuolo (Chief Technical Advisor) andDr. Ali Abbas Qazilbash.
During his address at the ceremony, Prof. Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Swati, Vice-Chancellor, AUP, thanked the EU for funding the TRTA programmes in Pakistan. He particularly appreciated the efforts of the UNIDO/TRTA II international and national experts in setting up the PGDC at AUP to help address the needs of the province in strengthening the food safety inspection system linked to the newly established KPK Food Safety Authority. He further added that this course will ensure that qualified personnel enter this field both in the public and private sectors.
After handing over the books, these officials were given a guided tour of the university and the its facilities at the Department of Food Science and Technology where the PGD Course in Food Safety & Controls will be conducted.
Later on in the afternoon, TRTA II officials visited the PCSIR Laboratory Complex at Peshawar, where they held meetings with the Director General, Dr. Shah Alam and the Quality/Technical Management staff of PCSIR lead by their Quality Manager, Mr. Faridullah Khan. The officials were briefed on the support PCSIR received from TRTA II Programme for the accreditation of the microbiology, chemical and calibration laboratories. Afterwards, the officials visited these newly renovated and recently accredited laboratories.
TRTA officials were briefed on the laboratories activities before and after achieving accreditation and were informed about the increase in clientele, particularly the interest of MSF, WFP and USAID in using the testing series of PCSIR Peshawar. In addition, the officials were invited to visit the laboratories (microbiology, chemical and calibration) and see the newly renovated facilities. PCSIR scientists had also developed a novel filtration system that would help in providing clean drinking water in the flood-affected areas.