By Priyanka Tanwar*
The sixth annual Food Quality & Safety Congress India was held on November 28 & 29 2019 at Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport. The conference, conceptualised by Inventicon Business Intelligence, brought together regulators, F&B manufacturers with analytical services and testing companies together to share best practices in aligning food quality and safety systems with FSSAI’s changes.
The forum began with a welcome note by Mr. Rohan Jagtap from Inventicon Business Intelligence. This was followed by an opening address by conference chairperson for Day 1 – Mr. Navneet Mehta, Head – Manufacturing Quality, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd.
Mr. Krishna Kumar Joshi from ITC Ltd. delivered an educative session which threw light on proposed amendments in licensing and registration regulations and discussed tactics to deal with them. Ms. Rini Sanyal, Director Regulatory Affairs, Herbalife International also discussed anticipated impact of the new food regulations and stressed on adoption of preventive approach through inclusion of proactive changes, regulatory impact assessment, and correct interpretation of regulations to deal with these modifications.
Day 1 of the dialogue had two panel discussions where distinguished participants debated on food fortification as a solution to nutritional deficiencies and food safety issues faced by majority of Indians; and strategies to unite food manufacturers over food quality and standards requisites such as educating farmers, making crop traceability mandatory, regulator support for post-harvest handling of food products, and incorporation of technology at all levels of production and processing. The third panel on Day 2 deliberated on utilising available opportunities for the food and beverage sector through maintenance of consistent intrinsic and extrinsic quality through increased automation, training and sensitising vendors, sharing personal experiences and best practices, beating out foreign competition, and a cultural & social revolution.
The conference also had eminent speakers from National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), Quality Council of India (QCI) and National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) who guided participating delegates on using NABL and NABCB certification to raise the food safety standards of their product offerings, increase operational efficiency, enhance competitiveness and boost international trade opportunities for their firms. Representatives from Buchi India and SCIEX demonstrated their latest products at the event.
The congress further touched upon crucial aspects of the food and beverage industry such as intelligent packaging to enhance food safety; role of consumer awareness and end point seller engagement to warrant food safety across the supply chain; pertinence of aseptics; strategies to avoid contamination in edible items; and incorporation of green technology, hazards & risk awareness, development of quality operating manuals and standardisation of SOPs to mitigate food safety challenges.
Meghna Thapliyal from ITC Analytical Services shared “Food Quality & Safety Congress has proven to be the perfect opportunity for interaction with likeminded industry leaders. It has been wonderful to be a part of such a thought rich, thriving, insightful platform.” The congress concluded with closing remarks by Chairperson for Day 2 Mr. Rajeev Prasher, GM – Quality Assurance Systems, Kandhari Beverages. All delegates left with certificates of participation.
* Associate Editor