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CII Holds National Food Safety and Quality Summit

CII has recently organised National Food Safety and Quality Summit in New Delhi
CII Holds National Food Safety and Quality Summit

Dr. Ajit Kumar, Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) suggested that basic protocols be prepared for every step in the food chain including farmers, transporters, handlers, wholesalers and retailers. He also advised that traditional Indian recipes can be standardised. He was speaking at the CII National Food Safety and Quality Summit in New Delhi.

Anil Jauhari, CEO, National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) emphasised that meeting the international standards is a key for India to increase the trade within context to food safety. While international standards are the widely acceptable standards, we should look beyond.

Dr John McDermot, Director, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) highlighted the need for industry to collaborate in the field of research to develop and strengthen the food value chain. He explained about the dire need to re-look at the present policies and subsidies available for some specific commodities to make it more holistic. He mentioned that to strengthen the business connect, improvement in outlay of finance in structured manner is a challenge to be overcome. He highlighted the need to accelerate innovation and sustain them in a country like India.

In his opening remarks Mayank Jalan, Managing Director, Keventer Agro, highlighted the importance of food processing and the need for food safety in the country. He highlighted the work being undertaken by CII national committee of food processing like harmonisation of standards, creating awareness about the food safety management systems etc. He emphasised the need of institutionalising a mechanism for development of global practices.

More than 200 food safety and quality professionals from across the globe gathered for the Annual Flagship event supported IFRI, MIBRT and the Industry partners to discuss the various ways through which Food Safety, Quality and Competitiveness of the Food Chain could be brought to Global standards in India.

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