HACCP, TQM, GMP & GHP deliberated upon at food safety and quality meet
The adoption of food safety and quality assurance mechanisms, such as total quality management (TQM), including ISO 9000 and ISO 22000, hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), good manufacturing practices (GMP) and good hygienic practices (GHP) by food processing industry were discussed at the Food Safety and Quality Summit 2016, which commenced in New Delhi and was organised by Quest Conferences.
Other topics deliberated upon at the meet were the rise of the online food industry, technology in the food industry and the impact of online food ordering, processing and delivery to consumers, while maintaining safety and quality.
This was stated by Soumya Biswas, head, conferences, Quest Conferences, who added that the objective was to provide optimum quality to the consumers through best practices of quality and food safety management.
“Food safety capacity building, challenges and opportunities, hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), microbiological hazard assessments and techniques, food adulteration and fraud with effective prevention, detection and mitigation, among other topics, are slated to be discussed at the event,” he added.
The summit’s focus is on food safety and quality in India and a comprehensive outlook of implementing the best practices in food safety and quality to achieve commercial success and ensure that consumers get quality and safe products.
The experts opined that the entire ecosystem of food safety and the food processing industry, comprising food and beverage manufacturers, regulators, analytical services and testing companies, consultants, etc. should come on a single platform to network, gain insight, share knowledge and discuss the best practices in food quality and safety systems with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) instrumentation standards and changes.
India’s food and grocery market is expected to touch $482 billion by 2020. India’s food industry stands at $39.71 billion. It is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11 per cent to $65.4 billion by 2018, and therefore, it is more pertinent to ensure food safety across the food chain.
The Indian food and grocery market is the sixth largest in the world (with retail contributing 70 per cent of the sales) and the Indian food processing industry accounts for 32 per cent of the country’s total food market. It is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth. The Indian food processing industry also contributes around 14 per cent of the manufacturing gross domestic product (GDP) , 13 per cent of India’s exports and six per cent of the total industrial investment.