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Kochi, India: Chamber holds seminar on Food Safety Act

The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a seminar on Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 and its impact on food industry here.

Inaugurating the seminar, Dr G.S. Rajorhia, principal consultant of Indian Registrar of Quality Systems, New Delhi, said that lack of awareness about various provisions of the Act is a major hurdle faced by the constituents in the food supply chain.

He pointed out that understanding the Act has become inevitable for the consumers as well as for the food business operators (FBO). It is imperative that they register or get licence for their trade under the Act before August 4.

All FBO’s from transporters to sellers will need to comply with the rules under the Act by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), a single reference point for all matters relating to Food Safety and Standards, Regulations and Enforcement.

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India’s wine industry booming

Standing in front of a wine tasting class of restaurant managers, wine importers and producers, Cavaliere Subhash Arora declares: “People in India waste too much time in matching wines to food.”

The crowd looks up from their booklets filled with notes about each wine and stares at him curiously. Matching wines with food is why many of them are there. But most understand the frustration of trying to match wines with the spices in traditional Indian dishes.

“We had a dinner last night with the Indian Wine Academy and we heard members say it was hard,” Michele Shah, an Italy-based wine critic, told the audience about a dinner of 44 enthusiasts at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Delhi. “There aren’t that many wines to match to Indian food spices.”

Shah says it is best to find a rounder and fuller wine with pairing Indian dishes.

“In particular, wines that are fruit driven and have softer, velvety tannins are a better match,” Shah said.

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The Expert’s Thought: The Wine Industry in India is on the growth curve. This report traces the development of the Wine Industry in India and its efforts to become a global entity.

FDA to crack down on food adulteration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created various check posts and appointed officers to identify unlicensed suppliers and sellers across the state to prevent adulteration of food products.

FDA commissioner Mahesh Zagade said, “We have identified spots in the city where adulteration takes place and started on-the-spot registrati-ons for sellers and suppliers.”

With food licensing under the FDA now, the punishment for adulteration has become harsher. The penalty can go up to Rs 10 lakh. The FDA has appealed to Mumbaikars to be vigilant and look out for a shop’s licence before shopping and report those that don’t display the licence.

You can call on FDA helpline-022-26592207- and report discrepancies.

The Experts Thought – I think this an initiative is excellent one. The Common Man should use this Helpline to help FDA to spot Adulterated Food Items. The Consumer should also demand better quality from the Food Vendors. Did you know that every packaged food item has to have a Nutritional Label, which needs to contain Nutritional Facts, Ingredients, Shelf Life and Manufacturer Contact information, along with the MRP. Demand this on every Food item that you but, Its Your Right!!!