Centre to bring in 'integrated food law': Scientist

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Mysore, Dec 19 (UNI) The Union Government will introduce an 'integrated food law' to improve standards in Indian food processing industry, DRDO Chief Controller and noted scientist W Selvamurthy, said today.

Speaking to UNI after inaugurating a two-day international symposium on 'Emerging and novel food processing technologies' at Defence Food Research Laboratories (DFRL) here, he said ''the new law will come into force within six months.

''The government has appointed a committee, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, comprising experts in the field to formulate guidelines,'' he said.

The food processing industry would emerge as one of the main drivers of the country's economy in a span of few years.

Earlier, delivering the inaugural address, he said the country, which accounted for just 1.7 per cent of the world's food production, planned to scale this up to three per cent by 2015.

''We are the largest producers of milk and vegetables at 90 million litre and 150 million tonne respectively. The food production is at 180 million tonne. However, the country needs to treble this volume in the next ten years,'' he said.

It was important to arrest post harvest wastage which remained the major concern for both agriculture and food processing industry.

Delivering the Presidential address, Central Food Technological Research Institute Director V Prakash said technology standardisation was critical and the country had to scale up the technology in the food processing industry.

Technology without innovation would not be of much use in the food processing industry and required a clear differentiation between know how, show how and do how. Basic research was mandatory for the process.

The seminar was being organised by DFRL in collaboration with Mcgill University and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

UNI

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