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Emphasising the relevance of sustainable food value chains and the international standards enacted through the Food Safety and Security Act, 2006, Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and Chairman, National Productivity Council (NPC) acknowledged the demand for food safety assurances leading to proliferation of food safety and quality assurance programmes.
Dr.Mohapatra was speaking at a 2-day National Conference on Capacity Building of Sustainable Food Value Chains for Enhanced Food Safety and Quality organised by NPC in collaboration with Asian Productivity Organization, Japan in New Delhi Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Arun Kumar Jha, Director General, NPC, emphasised on the importance and potential of food processing industry. Chairperson, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Rita Teaotia, in her keynote address said that there is a need to develop the mitigation strategies for curbing food wastages, enhancing food security and food quality.
Dr.Manickam Asaithambi, Asian Productivity Organization, Japan, lauded the efforts of NPC to organise the programme on sustainable food value chains which is an international phenomenon. Dr.Manickam Asaithambi expressed hope that the outcomes of the conference will lead to developing sustainable strategies for food safety in India.