India: CIFTI to address food safety and standards measures at Food Tech Kerala 2009

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Thursday, January 15, 2009, 14:00 Hrs  [IST]

By FnB News Staff | Mumbai


A full day international seminar on ‘Food Regulations and Certifications - A Capacity Building Program’ will take place on January 17, 2009, concurrently with FoodTech Kerala’s third edition. It will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kaloor, Kochi. The convention is jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry (CIFTI), a food wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Ministry of Food Processing of India (MFPI), Quality Council of India (QCI), the Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Kerala and the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI). The organisers are focusing on food safety and quality in India as the Union Government celebrates 2008-09 as the food safety and quality year.

Sameer Barde, Senior Director, FICCI, who will be speaking on the ‘Importance of regulations and participation in standards,’ says, “Currently, the Indian food industry is not fully aware about the latest food safety and quality guidelines. We seek to involve local and national food producers in the making and the development of required food standards in India.” The one day programme is segregated into three sessions namely, ‘Setting the scene’, ‘International regulations’ and ‘Domestic regulations’.

“We plan to organise similar programmes all through the year in the country. We have also decided to participate in Anuga 2009 Germany, the world's largest food show; we will represent India and promote the Indian food sector,” added Barde. The seminar will involve Indian food quality and safety experts, who will address the F&B sector’s current and key issues. Joseph Kuriacose, Director, IECS and Project Director, FoodTech Kerala, says, “This event will help participants to meet national and international standards for their produce, obtain information about up-to-date technologies and build networks. We expect more than 5000 trade delegates to participate in the event.”

The forum will also address subjects like WTO by Shashi Sareen; Codex by Dr D Chattopadhya, Assistant Director General (IF), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare; Packaged commodities Rules & Standard Weights and Measures by C H Moulali, Deputy Director, Department of Legal Metrology; International Trade-based Standards (BRC/SQF/IFS/, ISO 22000, HACCP) by Dr N Anandavally, FAO consultant, United Nations (UN) and Food Safety and Standards Act (to include PFA, FPO, MFPO and MMPO).


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