PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Minister Muhammad Atif Khan on Wednesday inaugurated mobile food testing laboratories for seven divisional headquarters of the province.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony at the Food Department offices, Atif Khan said the mobile laboratories would facilitate provision of safe and healthy food to the people.

The event was also attended by Secretary Food Mushtaq Ahmad, Director General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Safety Authority Shahrukh Ali Khan, and Country Director Nutrition International Dr Shabina Raza.

Atif said the mobile labs would work at divisional level currently but these would also be extended to the district level in due course.

“The mobile food testing laboratories are equipped with high-tech equipment, which covers a range of food tests, including the testing of milk, flour, edible oil, ghee, water and other food items on the spot,” he added.

He said that a monitoring mechanism had also been placed for the laboratories to keep transparency in the system.

Results of the food samples collected during inspection would also be sent to the database, thus making both the vendor and the officials accountable,” he added.

Atif Khan said the mobile food testing laboratories would help the officials of the Food Safety Authority in checking food samples in the market, thus improving the overall quality of the food items. He said that special directives had been issued to relevant officials for ensuring provision of safe and quality food in the premises of schools, colleges and other educational institutions.