Govt to launch Food Safety and Quality Year on June 11
A one-day national seminar on the theme of “Food Safety and Quality Management System-from Farm to Fork” will be organised on June 11 at Vigyan Bhawan here.
In order to provide a renewed focus to the issue of Food Safety, the Government of India at the initiative of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MFPI) has declared the year 2008-2009 as “Food Safety and Quality Year.”
One of the purposes to organise a seminar is to launch formally the Food Safety and Quality Year and unveil the action plan for the year.
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) Food Processing Industries will inaugurate the seminar and launch the annual programme for “Food Safety and Quality Year.”
This initiative will ensure safe, healthy, and sustainable food supply and spread awareness amongst consumers to demand safe and quality food.
In this period of one year, the government will implement many schemes comprising the setting up of Mega Food Park with integrated value chain to facilitate linkage of the farmers to the processors, industries and markets.
The government will also modernise abattoirs and equip it with scientific and hygienic slaughtering practices and ensure the availability of quality meat to industry and consumers.
Food testing and quality control laboratories will be established and award will be instituted for innovation in food quality, safety and product development.
Awareness through publications and advertisements, workshops and seminars will be propagated across the nation among consumers, retailers, vendors and all involved in the food industries. The government would launch postage stamp to commemorate Food Safety and Quality Year 2008-2009.
Regulator and government bodies, farmers, traders, retailers, processors, consumers, machine manufacturers, packaging companies, certifying bodies, laboratories, academics, consultants, trainer, auditors, and anybody involved in the food supply chain are cordially invited to attend the Seminar and contribute to its deliberations.
Schedules of Event
Venue: Vigyan Bhawan, Hall No. 6 Date: June 11, 2008
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