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Improvement of Food Safety Hygiene and Product Quality in the Indian Food Processing Sector

Today, Indian Food Processing industry, especially SMEs are facing stiff challenges to meet global food safety standards including Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA). In order to assist SMEs to meet food safety requirements, an important project is being undertaken by TUV India Pvt Ltd under the development partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. This program is implemented in the framework of the develop initiative and co funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The main objective of the project is “To improve Food Safety Hygiene and Product Quality in the Indian Food Processing Sector."

The project objective is to improve awareness, knowledge and training opportunities regarding food safety standards and tools for the implementation of food safety management systems among Indian food processing SMEs, industrial associations and regulatory bodies.

To achieve the above objective, the project is phased into various stages :

  • Curtain Raiser Events -Curtain Raiser Events ( Food Safety Enclave ) at Delhi and Mumbai, in association with FICCI Quality Forum
    The focus of the event was addressing regulatory aspects and current challenges in implementing food safety and quality systems in food sector. Invitees for the Curtain Raiser included key speakers from FICCI, CII, QCI, FSSAI, Industrialists, Experts, and Stakeholders
  • Train the Trainer Workshop was successfully conducted in Pune to enhance the training capacities of professionals from industry enabling knowledge dissemination to food processors in SME’s in Food sector

Activities in Pipeline:

  • 8-10 two-day ISO 22000:2005 Implementation Workshops in Indian Context –scheduled November onwards
  • Training of Internal Quality Auditors from the Pilot Group of SMEs
    The training includes requirements of the ISO 22000:2005 and HACCP standards, key concepts and conducting of audit, audit reporting, audit preparation, audit methodology, audit techniques, auditor competency, auditing skills.
  • Guidance to set up Food Safety Management System
  • Best Practices Forum – Handing over certificates to the certified pilot SMEs

SMEs from food sectors such as : Snacks & Sweets, Spices, Bakery & Confectionery, Processed Food, Meat Processing and Animal Casing, can be benefited the most, with participation in all the above participation at nominal registration charges.

These initiatives will enable help organizations, to ensure improved food safety compliance and meeting internationally accepted food safety standards.