Shillong 9th December 2010: Ministry of Food Processing Industries of the Government of India, Quality Council of India the national accreditation authority of India and CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) today jointly organized an awareness program on food safety and quality. In view of the growing concern for food safety and impending changes in India’s food regulations, the food businesses need to increase focus on maintaining hygiene & compliance to the standards to ensure food safety. MOFPI and QCI have designed a programme for the Food businesses to make them aware of the latest developments in food sector to ensure food safety, quality and regulations to sensitize them.
The proagramme was inaugurated by Dr. A.S. Kynjing, Director of Health Services (MI) Government of Meghalaya, Dr. M Islam Barbaruah of CII welcomed the gathering on behalf of co hosts CII who through their Institute of Quality are engaged in providing training and counseling services in various areas including food safety to the industry.
Other prominent speakers at the awareness program included Mr. V.K. Pancham, Senior Inspecting Officer, Food Standards and Safety Authority of India who apprised the participants about initiatives in promoting food safety and quality among the food industry, Mr. T.Appaji Rao, QCI Expert, briefed the delegates on Good Manufacturing Practices and about Good Hygienic Practices. Mr. Deepak Khedkar, Joint Director, IIP, Kolkata made a PowerPoint presentation on the packaging in Food Industry.
On this occasion Joint Advisor , QCI, Dr. Hari Prakash observed “ That food safety is worldwide concern and in addition to the end product specifications and testing, the regulators world over are insisting on good manufacturing and hygienic practices in the food businesses. Indian regulator, FSSAI, has also proposed implementing GMP/GHP through its licensing regulations which are currently open for public comments. QCI has undertaken a series of awareness programmes to sensitize food businesses about food safety systems which are necessary and this programme is part of the series being done under sponsorship of the MFPI. MFPI and QCI are targeting the smaller cities like Varansi, Pantnagar, Tirupati, Agartala, Udipi , Porbandar, Raipur, Shillong etc
Some of the issues discussed at the awareness program here in Shillong included Prospects of food processing industry, Domestic Regulations, VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATIONS, Introduction to Food Safety / GMP / GHP / 5S / 3M , GMP/GHP for Restaurants .
At the National level food safety and quality is a matter of serious concern ,the Prevention aspects in the field of food safety are not getting as much attention as treatment of diseases ,The Public Health Foundation of India has estimated the 80%of all deaths are attributable to food and water, The Process is on establishing system and procedures for regulation of food safety standard and examination of issues relating to food additives/flavors/ processing aids; pesticides and antibiotic residues ; biological hazard; labeling etc . Food science and technology has developed considerably in recent years and a whole new range of processed foods including functional food ,nutraceuticals ,proprietary food , dietary supplements genetically modified or engineered food hitting the market at a fast pace.