UNIDO and EU funded Trade Related Technical Assistance Programme (TRTA II) arranged a visit for Dr. Ian Goulding, along with the TRTA II National Expert to Punjab Food Authority from 2nd to 8th October 2015.
Discussions were held, on 2nd & 3rd October 2015 with Acting DG PFA, Asif Bilal, DO PFA, Ayesha Mumtaz, along with PFA senior management. These discussions aimed at preparing a road map for the expansion of PFA’s operations to other districts of Punjab, while maintaining a scientific base, and adopting best international practices in addition to conducting third party assessments of the PFA.
Based on this revised check list, a three day training workshop at Avari Hotel Lahore was conducted from 5th to 7th October for the Food Safety Officers of PFA. The purpose of the training was to strengthen their skills required for inspecting food premises, sampling, licensing, interacting with Food Business Operators and ranking of the premises, based on risk analysis through collation of scientific evidence. This was followed by a field visit on the third day.
On the last day of the visit (8th October), a meeting was conducted with senior PFA management team to discuss Food Safety Strategic Management and address the key hurdles PFA had faced. A third party assessment and a Road Map for Medium and Long term activities of PFA, including its expansion to other districts, were finalized. A detailed action plan for future activities was also prepared.