March 17, 2019: Pakistan Standards Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) has issued around 27 licenses to the carbonated beverage companies for selling different kind of drinks during the last three years.
The companies including Pakistan Beverages Limited, Mehran Bottlers Pvt Limited, Trans Food Industries and Quice Food Industries Pvt Limited, an official in the Ministry of Science and Technology told.
He said that PSQCA is working under the administrative control of Ministry of Science and Technology has a mandate to monitor the quality of carbonated beverages.
The manufacturer would comply with the conformance of their product against the relevant Pakistan Standard Specifications (PSS) 1654, he added.
He said that PSQCA has complete mechanism under Section 14 of Act VI of 1996 and Pakistan Conformity Assessment Rule 2011 to check the quality of carbonated beverages and other food items in the country as per international guidelines, practices and national standards.
PSQCA is monitoring the quality of products through quarterly inspections of manufacturing units and market surveillance, the official said.
He said PSQCA takes samples of carbonated beverages from open market for testing and analysis in accordance to the Pakistan Standard Specifications (PSS).
He said in the last three years, four non-conformities against different carbonated companies were observed. Accordingly, notices were served to the manufacturers and product was re-called from market.