Government of Nepal Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development
Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) is one of the three departments under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestoks Development of Government of Nepal (GoN). It was established in 1961 A.D. as Department of Food and placed in Singha Durbar, which later in 1965 was sifted to the present location of Barbarmahal, Kathmandu. In 1966, the Department of Food then was renamed as Food Research Laboratory. The laboratory later in 1980 was again converted to Central Food Research Laboratory (CFRL) and known by this name until it became the present department as Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) in 2000 under MoAD, as mentioned earlier.
From the very beginning of its establishment, DFQC played a pioneer role to lay down foundation stone for food quality control system, research and development in the field of food science and technology and nutrition support program. As mandated by Government of Nepal, DFTQC is the apex organization responsible for the enforcement of Food Act and Regulations. It has been working for the implementation of Feed Act and Regulations as well. The main aim is to ensure and enhance the quality and safety of food and feed products in the country. Further, the department has a paramount role in augmenting appropriate food processing and post harvest techniques to promote agribusinesses. Similarly, the department has been implementing various food and nutrition activities for the reduction of various forms and types of malnutrition in the country. DFTQC, as has been entrusted as CODEX Contact point for Nepal for more than three decades, has also been given the role of National SPS Enquiry Point in 2004.
There are currently two Divisions (Food and Feed Safety and Quality Regulation Division and Food Technology Development and Nutrition Division), one National Food and Feed Reference Laboratory, one SPS National Enquiry Point, one Codex and Infosan Secretariat at center Kathmandu. Whereas Eight Food Technology and Quality Control Offices (Biratnagar, Janakpur, Hetauda, Bhairahawa, Nepalganj, Dhangadhi, Pokhara and Surkhet), 12 Food Import Export Quality Certification Offices (Kakarbhitta, Rani, Jaleshwar, Birgunj, Tribhuvan International Airport, Belahiya, Krishnanagar, Nepalganj, Dhangadi, Mahendranagar, Rasuwa and Tatopani); and twenty two Food Technology and Quality Control Division Offices (Jhapa, Sunsari, Dhankuta, Udaypur, Saptari, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Chitwan, Parsa, Sindhuli, Dhulikhel, Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Tanahu, Kapilvastu, Palpa, Baglung, Dang, Jumla, Baitadi, Doti and Dadeldhura) total 42 office are under this department . All together 43 offices and 370 people are working for this department to ensure food and feed safety in Nation.
Create environment for availability of wholesome, safe and nutritious food to all Nepali citizens and facilitate food trade.
DFTQC has the following three major objectives: