December 5, 2023

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FSSAI chief calls for regulatory vigilance to ensure food safety and quality

Underlining the relevance of harmless and good quality foods amidst the pandemic circumstance, Rita Teaotia, Chairperson, Foodstuff Protection and Requirements Authority of India (FSSAI), has said that the regulatory bodies want to be far more vigilant to ensure foods security and good quality.

Inaugurating the fifth session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) founded underneath Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), Teaotia described the hazard of unscrupulous and intentional adulteration of spices by substitution due to their high economic worth. “This economically determined adulteration is a important malpractice and we want to be particularly vigilant notably in the regulatory space to keep away from these kinds of methods. It is critical that we have harmonized Codex benchmarks for spices merchandise in world wide trade and this is a do the job that needs the maximum precedence to ensure the security and good quality of the spices and culinary herbs that are getting traded across the environment,” she said.

The 5th Session of CCSCH started on April twenty with a sequence of virtual classes held till April 29 with virtually 300 experts from 50 nations collaborating in the deliberations.

Good quality benchmarks

At the existing session, the committee will be considering the good quality benchmarks for dried or dehydrated varieties of ginger, cloves, saffron and two culinary herbs, oregano & basil, at stage 7 moreover nutmeg and chilli peppers and paprika at stage 4 in the Codex process of elaboration of foods benchmarks. There are also 3 proposals for new do the job, viz. cardamom, turmeric and prioritized group standard for spices in the type of dried fruits and berries.

D. Sathiyan, Secretary, Spices Board said: “CCSCH is proud to be the initial Codex Commodity Committee to acquire the on-line route for its session and it is encouraging to be aware the active participation from member nations even in the midst of this Covid-19 pandemic circumstance.” Offered numerous spices and culinary herbs ready in the ranks for consideration by the committee, it was an obvious and reasonable decision to convey in ‘grouping of spices’ to go over far more ground speedily.’

Guilherme da Costa Jr, Chair of Codex Alimentarius Commission, said, “figures on critical issues due to the lack of foods security command continue to cause thousands of foods-borne health problems, deaths, and increasing unemployment every calendar year, moreover the economic crisis in distinct nations. It is vital and paramount to do our best – now in this new typical – to produce and disseminate Codex benchmarks to ensure the security and good quality of foods for everybody, in all places, following the Sustainable Progress Goals which are linked to the Codex mandate”.

Farm to Fork solution

Pointing to the want for adopting the ‘Farm to Fork’ solution for making sure security and traceability throughout the whole offer chain, Roderico H. Ofrin, Planet Health and fitness Organisation (WHO) agent in India, said: “both the producers as nicely as the foods regulators have a critical purpose in making sure compliance with foods security, good quality and sustainability benchmarks which is getting more and more demanding mainly because of the concern all-around foods security, in particular in the existing context of Covid-19.”

Konda Chavva, Assistant Foodstuff and Agriculture Corporation (FAO) agent in India said that “FAO is producing efforts to make improvements to and harmonize benchmarks by implementing precise steps and setting up capacities at numerous level to ensure foods security and truthful trade, and defending producer and purchaser pursuits, and encouraging deliberations to harmonization of world wide good quality benchmarks for spices and culinary herbs”.