The Summit had sessions covering the issues and challenges relating to licensing, registration and enforcement. Various aspects about the smooth transition of the industry from the earlier Act/Rules/Orders to the new norms were discussed. Uniformity in implementation of the Rules and Regulations in various states was deliberated upon.
An important part of the Summit was the session on the standards for food additives, packaging and labelling. The Summit highlighted the strategies to make the Regulations more effective by harmonising the essential elements of earlier Food Acts, certain provision of Legal Metrology and some standards of the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards).
The CEO of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, V N Gaur, delivered the key note address. Also, Dr V Prakash, distinguished scientist of CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) and president, Nutrition Society of India, delivered a special address.
Piruz Khambatta, president, AIFPA and chairman, Rasna, said, “After serving the cause of the industry for more than 60 years, the AIFPA has been taking fresh initiatives to accelerate the industry’s growth.”
Khambatta further said, “Development of food processing industry is of prime importance for food security, controlling food inflation, and for prosperity in rural areas.”
He stressed that the central and the state government agencies should work closely with the industry to ensure this development as food processing could do for rural India what IT has done for urban India.
Khambatta also emphasised that India could rightly become the food factory of the world. What the sector needs is accelerated reforms.
The Summit was followed by an award function, where awards and scholarships were bestowed upon food processors, entrepreneurs and others for their contribution to the development of the food processing industry.