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Next step to Food Science: Knowledge Center to offer series of Seminars on FSSAI(The New Food Safety Law India),Food safety and Food Science

Knowledge Center has partnered with Equinox Labs to offer you a series of Seminars on FSSAI (The New Food Safety Law India), Food Safety and Food Science. 

1) FSSA Awareness – 5th April 2013 – Mumbai

What will you gain from the training? 
* Understanding basic concepts of food safety & hygiene and managing.
* Minimizing legal hassles & helps in complying with FSSAI Requirements.
* Safeguarding consumer health.
* Increasing customer satisfaction & response.
* Lowering the percentage of food infections & poisoning & also long term consequences due to such incidents.

2) FSSAI Product Approval – 6th April 2013 – Mumbai

What will you gain from the training? 
* Understanding the New Product Approval Procedure
* Product Categorization

3) Internal Auditor – FSSC 22000 – 15th & 16th April 2013 – Mumbai 

What will you gain from the training? 
* Understanding basic concepts auditing & audit procedures.
* Understanding how to plan an audit
* Preparing a checklist
* Understanding how to conduct audit meetings
* Understanding how to report Non-conformities

4) Sensory Evaluation – 17th & 18th April 2013 – Mumbai 

What will you gain from the training? 
* Understanding basic concepts of sensory evaluation
* Understanding its applications & Methodologies

5) Product Development – 19th & 20th April 2013 – Mumbai 

What will you gain from the training? 
* Understanding basic concepts Product Ideation/Conceptualization
* Product Market Launch

Combo Offer!

If you register for 1st and 2nd Seminar together, you will get 10% Additional Discount. 
If you register for 3rd, 4th and 5th Seminar together, you will get 15% Additional Discount. 
For any queries call +91 22 276 44 111 / +91 9619891284 or email at

Hygiene Alert!! food outlets across the country to get hygiene rating

NEW DELHI: At his dhaba in south Delhi’s Kidwai Nagar, Irfan has his cooks wash their hands before preparing dishes. Sweets are kept covered , he claims. As with most small eateries, Irfan’s dhaba is not registered.
Soon, outlets such as Irfan’s may have to start complying with more stringent standards, with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) working on new norms on hygiene and cleanliness at food outlets across the country.

All food outlets, from small dhabas to five-star hotels , will be graded according to their level of food hygiene and cleanliness.

This will mean that a dhaba in your neighbourhood could be rated as level-1 , if cooking practices measure up to the minimum standards laid down by the authority, while a fine dining restaurant may end up getting the top billing. It is also possible for restaurants belonging to the same chain to get different ratings.

FSSAI has also mandated all food outlets to register with their respective state authorities to keep a count of the number of eateries in every state. Besides food joints, the authority also plans to lay down basic norms of compliance for street vendors and hawkers, in collaboration with the housing and urban poverty alleviation ministry, to maintain food hygiene.

While the standards will be finalized over the next few months, the deadline for mandatory registration expires in February 2014. Failure to get a licence or get registration done will lead to a penalty. The plan is to initially focus on metros and gradually move to the smaller cities and towns.

“Our criteria will be to come up with standards to grade food outlets. They could be graded as stars or as levels. The focus will be to see that they maintain food hygiene and safety so that consumers can make a wiser choice,” a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Eight sub-panels to formulate regulations on food safety

The central government is set to formulate the regulations for the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Act soon.

“Currently eight sub-panels under FSSAI are working together to formulate regulations. The notifications are to be put on a website to invite further suggestions from the industry,” FSSAI Chairperson K. Chandramouli said on the sidelines of a conference here recently.

He said because of a diverse food culture in the country, there has been some difficulty in putting together a proper standard on food items.

FSSAI, the nodal agency was set up for laying down science-based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food.

Maharashtra government has also urged FSSAI to ensure that the FSSAI Act is soon converted into law so that structured guidelines are laid down for easy operations, decisiveness and quality of the industry, Minister of State for Home, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Satej Patil said on the sidelines of 8th Nutra India Summit here.

The state government has invited industries interested in setting up manufacturing and R&D plants in the area of nutraceuticals and functional foods. Maharashtra is the largest consumer for nutraceuticals in the country and the state has received 3,44,000 fresh registrations in the recent past and generated a revenue of more than Rs 63 crore from the food and related industry, he said.


Dealers, vendors will be answerable

Many of the major national and multi-national food and beverage companies have started asking their local distributors and wholesale dealers to obtain licenses under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) 2006.

Because, under the Act, vendors and distributors can be held liable for selling products after its date of expiry, misbranding, and storing in unsafe conditions rather than the manufacturer.

The Act was notified on August 5, 2011. The process becomes mandatory only by February 4, 2014, as the duration has been extended.

The Act ( states that food business operators functioning without license can be imprisoned for six months and fined up to Rs. 5 lakh.

Dealers found selling substandard products are liable to be fined up to Rs. 5 lakh and those selling misbranded products, up to Rs. 3 lakh.

Some of these penal provisions, however, have been challenged in various courts.

Obtaining these licenses will make the dealer conform to the stringent norms on storage, transporting, and distributing food products.

The dealer must know the entire supply chain right up to the manufacturer.

In the district around 1,750 dealers had obtained licenses and 6,500 had registered themselves.

Conforming to the Act will ensure that high food safety standards are maintained, said R. Kathiravan, Designated Officer, Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department (Food Safety Wing), here on Thursday.

Dr. Kathiravan said that the distributors must provide the vendors information regarding the product, its code, and especially the batch number, which was vital in case of a recall being necessitated.

“A couple of months back, a food item had to recalled from a chain of pharmacy stores in Coimbatore and Erode because of fungus formation. Since the company had provided the batch number, we were able to recall the entire shipments quickly.”

All food business operators with an annual turnover in excess of Rs. 12 lakh must obtain licence under the FSSA by paying Rs.2,000.

Those with an annual turnover less than this threshold need only to register themselves by paying Rs. 100.

The licences have to be renewed annually.

In Coimbatore district, the total target was 22,000, of which 14,000 had an annual turnover of less than Rs. 12 lakh, said Dr. Kathiravan.

Revised pepper contracts with all statutory quality parameters soon

Pepper contributes between 1 – 2% of NCDEX’s turnover and five per cent of the total worth of business at the Ahmedabad-based National Multi Commodity Exchange

The new pepper contract conforming to fulfill specifications of all statutory bodies is set to be introduced for trading on the futures platform soon.

The launch of the last pepper contract for delivery in June 2013 was earlier postponed indefinitely by the National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX), India’s largest agri-centric commodity exchange, due to quality related issues.

Early last month the exchange had postponed the scheduled launch of pepper contract for delivery in June 2013 till further notice. The revised launch date is expected to be announced in due course. Pepper contract for delivery in March 2013, however, is available for trading.

“We are in the process of applying afresh the specimen of new pepper contract to the Forward Markets Commission (FMC) which would be completed soon. On approval from the commodity markets regulator we would commence futures trading in pepper again,” said Ananda Kumar, Chief (Corporate Services) of the NCDEX.

Finding traces of mineral oil, the Food Safety and Standard Authority (FSSAI) officials sealed around 8000 tonnes of pepper demated in six NCDEX-accredited warehouses in Kochi on December 18, 2012. This raised serious quality issues with the pepper stored in these godowns.

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