Peshawar-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Food Atif Khan on Tuesday directed to accelerate the pace of work on the establishment of five more Mobile Food Testing Laboratories in the province. 

He issued these directives while presiding over a progress review meeting on the ongoing projects initiated under the auspices of the provincial Food Department. Besides, Secretary Food, Mushtaq Ahmad, Director Food, Kashif Jilani and Director General (DG) Food Safety and Halal Food Authority, Shah Rukh Khan, other concerned authorities also attended the meeting. 

During the meeting, DG food authority briefed the meeting on the performance and facilitation process in connection with the establishment of mobile food testing laboratories. 

The meeting was informed that the quality of food items is being analysed in seven divisions of the province through seven modern mobile food testing laboratories on a daily basis. 

During last few months 3,752 samples of 20 food items had been analysed out of them 2538 had proved up to the approved standard while 1214 samples had been declared sub-standard. 

Similarly, he said that 1284 samples of milk from various districts were analysed through Mobile Food Testing Laboratories out of which 922 matched the quality standard, while adulteration was found in 362 samples. Furthermore, he said that over 15,500 litres of milk, 10,000 beverages had also been discarded after proving adulteration in them.