The Indian Spices Board and World Spice Organization (WSO) are jointly organizing a a workshop on Food safety with special reference to spices on Feb 29 here. The workshop will highlight the concept of food safety, an issue of concern in the present context and the need to comply with the terms and conditions of the food safety acts. Strict regulations for food safety and standards have been put into practice from Aug 5, last year.
Spices Board and WSO through this campaign offer a platform to the public to gain insights into the great challenges of this issue. Udai K Saxena, Joint Secretary of AFST (I) (Association of Food Scientists and Technologists, India), Delhi and a member of FSSAI Committee of experts on categorisation of food products and HS codes will lead the discussions for the day. To ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption, FSSA, 2006 (Food Safety and Standard Act) has to be carried out with no compromise.
The workshop will discuss provision and overview of FSSA 2006 and basic concept of food safety and hygiene with specific reference to the spice industry. Registration and Licensing regulations, general hygiene requirements for it and procedure of new and renewal of license are topics that will be discussed. Packaging and labeling regulations specially for spices and laboratory and sampling analysis that determine food safety standards would also be discussed. Deliberations on food safety and standards for the workshop are expected to bring awareness on the subject and will be beneficial to the participants mainly farmers, traders and exporters, the release said.
The Expert’s Thought: The rules would give the country the proper Insight of the Law and its effective implementation.