First batch of Food Safety & Control Diploma get certificates at UVAS

First batch of Food Safety & Control Diploma get certificates at UVAS
First batch of Food Safety & Control Diploma get certificates at UVAS

LAHORE (28-10-13): The first batch of the students of the Postgraduate Diploma Course in Food Safety and Control at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) successfully graduated and the diploma certificates were conferred on them here Monday.

This diploma programme, started through the support of the EU-funded TRTA-II programme implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), is the first of its kind in Pakistan and the UVAS is the pioneer university to complete the diploma course.

Secretary Food Punjab Muhammad Aslam Kamboh chaired the certificate distribution ceremony while UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, UNIDO OiC / Chief Technical Advisor of TRTA II Programme Mr. Bruno Valanzuolo and Program Officer Laboratory Accreditation TRTA UNIDO Ali Abbas Qazabash were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, the Secretary Food called for creating a culture of food safety and control in the country. He said experts in food safety were direly needed in the country. He also invited the graduating diploma students to join the Punjab Food Department and Food Authority.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that the diploma program will help protect consumers by improving the safety status of food up to consumer desk, facilitate Pakistan’s capacity to integrate into global trade and improve compliance of exported and imported products with market requirements. He said that safe food was a must for good health. He thanked the UNIDO and European Union TRTA-II Programme for supporting the diploma programme. Bruno Valanzuolo said that food safety and food quality are important in food manufacturing. He said that safe food was essential for everybody. He congratulated the passing out students and hoped that they would play their role in ensuring safe food to the consumers. Earlier Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Dr M Nasir spoke about the objectives of food safety & control diploma. Ali Abbas Qazalbash presented the vote of thanks.

This PGDC in Food Safety and Control has been accredited by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) hence is an internationally recognized qualification.

Later the graduating students were awarded diplomas. These students, as part of the course requirement, also completed six weeks internship at various organizations, including Punjab Food Authority, Animal Quarantine Dept Lahore, Nestle, Engro Foods, Bunny’s Bread and numerous laboratories, confectionery’s, restaurants in and around the Lahore area.
Nutrition, Health, Food, Nutritionists, UVAS
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