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The Retailers’ Association of India (RAI) and the Mumbai chapter of the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India) – AFSTI are organising a day-long seminar on Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) at Hotel Hilton Mumbai International Airport, Andheri (East), on February 22, 2012.
Those participating in the seminar can interact with experts from the retail industry and regulators and do their bit towards the implementation of the new FSSA regulations. Expected attendees include the chief executive officers, owners, legal, technical and operational heads of firms in the retail industry, merchandising heads, independent retailers and retail managers.
The seminar will commence at 9 am with the inauguration, welcome address and initial remarks by the organisers. S B Dongare of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will deliver a special address and Mahesh Zagade, commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Maharashtra, will be the chief guest.
The Expert’s Thought: Such seminars would be useful for the Food Industry and would provide them the insight of the Industry, the law and how to follow it.
Maharashtra is one of the leading states with regard to converting the old licences under Prevention of Food Adulteration, Act, 1954, into those under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
Till now over 80,000 PFA licences from the existing 1,07,000, have been converted. This was confirmed by Maharashtra food safety commissioner Mahesh Zagade, in a one-on-one with FnB News.
The new licensing regime was initiated on August 5, 2011, when the FSSA had come into force. It aims to bring the food industry under one umbrella by scrapping all old licences.
Now, Maharashtra FDA (Food and Drug Administration) targets March 31, 2012, for completing the licensing and registration procedure in the state. Although, the work done till now is more than the combined effort put together by enforcement wings across India, claimed a source from the industry connected to the FDA.
The Expert’s Thought: Excellent work is done by Maharashtra FDA under the able Leadership of Mahesh Zagade. However, the major task lies in the fact of getting people involved and it’s effectiveness practically.
The heap of files, signature statement of any government office in India, is soon going to be a thing of the past at least at the headquarters of Maharashtra Food and Drugs Administration. This is going to be possible as computerisation is slowly taking over to save the officers from spending ounces of energy browsing through old files.
The software for processing applications for food and beverage licensing and registration was made online on January 12 by Maharashtra FDA. The software was launched for the Mumbai and Thane wing of the FDA. The launch was presided by Maharashtra food safety and FDA commissioner Mahesh Zagade.
Software engineer Parminder Singh Saini from Logic Soft Solutions, deputed for the job said up till yesterday, around six licenses and three registrations were done using the software for Mumbai branch while Thane did three registrations.
The Expert’s Thought: This is the best thing what Maharashtra FDA has done. However, the effective use of technology is going to be the biggest challenge.