Trade and Private Sector Development
EU - Project: Support for Trade & Economic Capacity Building

Trade and Private Sector Development

Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies
Singhadurbar, Kathmandu


Food Technology & Quality Control (FTQC) laboratory staff in Biratnagar and other regional FTQC laboratories successfully complete a 6 week practical training course on microbiological analysis of foodstuffs

November 01, 2018 109

14 technical staff from the Food Technology & Quality Control  (FTQC) laboratory  in Biratnagar and other regional FTQC  laboratories successfully completed a 6 week practical hands-on training course on basic methods for the microbiological analysis of foodstuffs. The course was organised by the EU funded Trade & Private Sector Developed (TPSD) Project and the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTCQ), Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD). It was delivered in three phases by laboratory specialists  Mrs Helen Shrestha and Mr Edward Langridge (for the 1st phase). It included the microbiological examination of tea, coffee, cardamom, ginger, milk & dairy products for Total plate count, Coliform, Enterobacteriaceae, E coli, Yeast & Mold. The Certificate of Participation were presented in the  Closing Ceremony to the technical staff by Director General  Mr Sanjeev Kumar Karn, DFTQC,  Mr Pramod Koirala, Office Chief, FTQC Biratnagar and Mr. Colm Halloran, Key Advisor, EU TPSD Project,


The completion of this training course strengthens the capacity of  DFTQC and the  FTQCs  to test  food samples for microbiological contamination (taken as part of their  regulatory inspection and market surveillance   activities.  Microbiological contamination is a major source of food borne illness worldwide. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  in   the USA alone these illness result in over 125,000 hospitalisations and 3,000 deaths per annum. Strengthened capacity to test foodstuffs in this area will strengthen consumer protection against unsafe products being placed on the market by domestic producers and importers. It will  enable more effective market surveillance to ensure compliance by domestic producers to national food standards.. This wil improve the quality environment in Nepal for the production of foodstuffsThis will increase confidence in the quality & safety of Nepalese food products and strengthen their competitiveness  on the domestic  and export markets. It will also  contribute to reduced food borne illnesses and, as these illnesses disproportionately affect poor people, fewer incidences of  these illnesses will  contribute  to poverty reduction.