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Centre appoints 15 members under FSSA’s Sections 5, 7

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Exercising the powers conferred upon it by Sections 5 and 7 of the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, appointed 15 members (other than ex-officio members) in the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for three-year-terms that commence on the date they enter office or until the age of 62 years or until further orders, whichever is the earliest.

The duo appointed under Clause (b) of Sub-section (1) of Section 5 of the Act is Shreya Pandey of the All India Food Processors’ Association (AIFPA), New Delhi, and Meetu Kapur of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), New Delhi.

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Mr. Ashwin Bhadri outlines details on facing FDA audit while speaking at Goa expo








Equinox Labs was among the key participants at Goa Food and Hospitality Expo (GFHEX), a hospitality event, held in the state recently.

To mark the occasion, a networking dinner was held where Salim Veljee, director, department of food & drugs administration (FDA), participated and spoke on  “Food Safety & Standards: A Food Business Operator’s Perspective.”

Ashwin Bhadri, head, business relations, Equinox Labs, gave an introduction on “How to face a FSSAI /FDA Audit.” The session was attended by 150 hoteliers and representatives from companies catering to hotels, restaurants, cafes, bakeries, fast food joints, and specialty retail.

Gaurish Dhond, president, Goa Hotel and Restaurant Association, stated that the seminar and expo were fantastic and should be conducted every year, as they proved to be a value addition for the food and beverage community.

FSSAI moots regulations for infant milk, substitute food, fortified atta

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed new regulations for infant milk and substitute food, fortified atta and ingredients for different foods – Food Products Standards and Additive – Amendment Regulations 2013.

For infant nutrition – the regulations defined substitutes for infant milk as milk protein between 10 and 16 per cent of by weight and total milk fat not less than 18 per cent. The draft also has regulation related to processed cereal-based complementary food for use in specific conditions. It provides that such food shall conspicuously be labelled as mono cereal-based complementary food – it can incorporate single cereal like rice or ragi and for use under medical guidance.

The regulations also defined the amount of nutrients for fortified atta and maida. Nutrients like calcium, iron, vitamin A, C, B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid and niacin.

Some more ingredients were covered for use under the new regulations like oligofructose, not more than 10 per cent of the product. This ingredient could be used for dairy products like yogurt, spreads, frozen desserts, ready-to-eat dry breakfast, and milk product-based sweets.

Second ingredient that was included in draft regulations – phyto or plant stanol esters again for milk-based drinks, juices and so on with limit of 3 gm per day consumption. Third ingredient is Trehalose for carbonated beverages, biscuits, macaroni, noodles, pasta, sweets and candies with an amount 0.5 per cent to 75 per cent.

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EQUINOX LABS participated in Goa Food and Hospitality Expo (GFHEX) on 9th August ,2013

Goa’s first ever Biggest Hospitality Event hosted by professionals, the exhibition was for 4 days of innovation and inspiration. The event in Goa was conducted from 8th -11th August,

A Networking Dinner was held on  Friday ,9th Aug,2013 Hotel Mandovi, Panaji, Goa  at Taleigao Community Centre, Taleigao where Mr. Salim Veljee, Director , Department  of Food & Drugs Administration participated and narrated a small speech about  “Food Safety & Standards:  A Food Business Operator’s  Perspective” detailing about FSSAI and its importance, he mentioned FBO’S part of implementation related to FSSAI.

Mr.Ashwin Bhadri – Head Business Relations (EQUINOX LABS)   gave a brief introduction on  “How to face a FSSAI /FDA Audit”  the session was attended by 150  Hoteliers, a wide variety of exhibiting companies with leading edge  products catering to hotels, restaurants ,cafes, bakeries ,fast food joints, specialty retail and manufacturing sectors from established brands that  participated from across the country.

Mr. Gaurish Dhond President of Goa Hotel and Restaurant association commented stating that the seminar and the expo were fantastic and should be conducted every year, as it added a value on Food and Beverage (F&B) community.

Equinox Labs conducts Free Live Webinar on FSSAI Product Approval

Chance to gain vital knowledge on FSSAI Product Approval and its impact on the Industry according to your own convenience and Another advantage is that it was ABSOLUTELY FREE.

Mr. Ashwin Bhadri, Head Business Relations & FSSAI Expert – Equinox Labs. Also Author of 13 steps to protect yourself from consumer, will explain the challenges of FSSAI Product Approval faced in the Industry by giving live Customers example.

Throughout the Webinar Equinox experts will cover the insights of FSSAI Product Approval. Plus Experts will be accessible live after the Webinar for your Questions and Queries, where you will be able to chat live and download in depth resources.

The Webinar will include:

  • Who needs to go for Product Approval.
  • New Product Approval Procedure.
  • Product Categorization.
  • Required Documents for Product Approval.
  • Q&A Session.

So Join Mr. Ashwin Bhadri for the Webinar on FSSAI Product Approval.

Date & time: Friday, July 26, 2013 02:00 PM IST

Duration:  90 mins

The Webinar is being delivered at no cost to you, Compliments of the Equinox Labs, expert in Testing, Compliance and Training.