Berry calls for greater safety in food industry

Britannia Industries Ltd Managing Director Varun Berry on Friday called upon stakeholders of the food industry to achieve the goal of higher safety.

Speaking at a seminar on FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) 2014 - Navigating the Dynamic Regulatory Landscape’ here on Friday, Berry said the authorities are building up infrastructure for delivering safe food in the country.

“We need regulation in the segment because various stakeholders like producers, processors, distributors, consumers and disposal teams are involved in the food value chain. We are currently witnessing a change in consumption patterns of people in our country. So, the challenges ahead are immense,” Berry said.

Business opportunities

Reinforcing the need for a regulatory mechanism in the food industry, he said food safety is non-negotiable.

“Branded packaged food sales are growing at a fast pace with consumers tending to move towards packaged food items. Here, we can find a lot of business opportunities,” he said.

Interacting at the seminar,  former director, CIFTI, Vijay Sardana said, “The food industry should give primacy to the safety of customers. It should be based on scientific parameters. If done in a systematic way there is no need for stringent regulations,” he said.

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