Tuesday 21 February 2012


February 21, 2012, Food and Beverage News

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.

Prabodh Halde, vice-president, AFSTI, and manager, product integrity, Marico Ltd, is the speaker for the first session, titled—An Introduction to FSSA and Regulations and their Impact on Industry. Dr K U Methekar of the FDA will speak on licensing and registration, and Raghu Guda of the National Institute for Smart Government (NISG) will speak on regulations for food imports.

The speaker for the first of the two post-lunch sessions is Dr Nilesh S Amritkar, secretary, AFSTI, and director (laboratories), Envirocare Labs. He will speak on Schedule IV-Good Management Practices/Good Hygiene Practices for Food Business Operators (GMP/GHP for FBO). P Karthikeyan of the FSSAI will talk about how to improve food safety in retail in the second post-lunch session.
After the tea break, there will be a panel discussion-cum-question-and-answer session on the FSSA. The panelists include Dilip Shrirao, joint commissioner, FDA; Raghu Guda; Aish Kumar, FSSAI; Dr Pitambar Singh, FSSAI; Dr K U Methekar; Vinesh Sanbagh, McDonald's; Dr Vinod Kumar Dhanuka, Reliance Retail; and Rajiv Sharma, Future Group. 


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