Irradiation Services introduced at Karachi through E-Beam

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:54

KARACHI: Al-Technique Corporation of Pakistan (ATCOP) and Marine Group of Companies (MGC) have entered into a joint venture agreement to establish the first E-Beam facility at Karachi for irradiation of food items, surgical instruments and gemstones etc.

This state of the art facility will enhance exports of fresh fruits and vegetables through decontamination and extension of their shelf lives. Although other methods of irradiation are being phased, most of the importing countries have specified E-Beam irradiation for goods export to their countries. 

FDA, WHO and IAEA has already approved the E-Beam technology for the fruits and pharmaceuticals products. The facility will be Pakistan’s first modern infrastructure of its kind in Pakistan to help benefit the existing exports but also to open further avenues of exports for the country. ATCOP, a technology driven organization, working with a vision to provide a commercial platform to the internally developed technologies by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission to Industries and entrepreneurs of the country.

MGC has been in the business of providing cargo handling, shipping and logistics services for over 50 years to the national trade of Pakistan. MGC has successfully developed, operated and managed a number of companies including one of its flagship company Pakistan International Container Terminal Limited (PICT), which is listed on Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) and is the 3rd largest container terminal operator in Pakistan, with an initial Project Cost of $100 million.

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