The Problem….
• Global perception of Indian produce…
• Stringent checks for Indian Imports • Rejection of consignments • Adverse effect on turnover

• Frequent incidents of food poisoning

The Problem…..
Unsafe food is not only a significant threat to public health and well-being, but also has economic and social consequences such as higher medical care costs, reduced productivity, and reduction of exports and tourist visits, the latter also affecting the rural economy….

The Need..
Growing consumer concern over food quality and safety..
Ready to switch over to retailer with better quality product Reputation at stake

Increased competition to be grab more and more consumers

For most of the developing countries in Asia, quality and safety management systems, product certification and standardization regarding food safety and quality are still in their infancy and need immediate attention…

How do we go about it?
• Globally accepted Norms
• Codex Alimentarius Commission of the FAO (UN and WHO) • GAP; GMP; ISO; HACCP etc

• Design own food law & regulations
• • • Food Safety & Standard Act BSI, Agmark NPOP etc

• Compliance with both international and national standards

According to UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

• • • • • Guidelines overlap with ISO and HACCP Inception :1998 (BRC Food Technical Standard) Packaging Standard in 2002 Consumer Products Standard in August 2003 BRC Global Standard - Storage and Distribution in August 2006 • Do not undertake audits themselves • In India < 5% of retailers esp. those who do business in UK

Food Safety & Standards Act ‘06
• • • • • • The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 The Fruit Products Order, 1955 The Meat Food Products Order, 1973 The Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order, 1947 The Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation) Order, 1998 The Solvent Extracted Oil, De oiled Meal, and Edible Flour (Control) Order, 1967 • The Milk and Milk Products Order, 1992 • Essential Commodities Act, 1955 relating to food

Voluntary Standards -India
• Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) • Directorate of Marketing and Inspection (DMI)

• Large unorganized sector (procurement, processing and retail). • Consumer demand for high quality and low price products. • Consumer’s price sensitivity. • Low infrastructure for quality control at producer level

• • • • • Consumer literacy Mandatory Farm to fork approach Vendor evaluation-Quality aspects Credit linkages for improvement of Quality control units Government intervention for assuring compliance with industrial quality norms

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