Indian Food Processing Sector

Food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth. The industry is estimated at Rs 13.96 lakh crore and is expected to reach 18 lakh crore by 2016. The government has also helping the sector by setting up of five numbers of Mega Food Parks in the states of Bihar, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It has also set up a corpus of Rs. 20,000 million for NABARD to fund upcoming food processing units at a lower interest rate. In India, most food is consumed in its fresh form as most of the vegetables and fruits are available round the year thanks to varied weather conditions across the country. Only a small quantity is processed for value addition. However, the trend is changin Read More

FSSAI introduces logo for organic products - with tagline Jaivik Bharat

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has launched an ?Indian Organic Integrity Data Base?, to help consumers verify the authenticity of organic food. The logo with tagline ?Jaivik Bharat? is a common logo for ?organic foods?. The authority has launched a portal - jointly developed by the FSSAI in collaboration with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. Through this portal, consumers can access information about the producer, the certification system and the availability of certified organic products. The regulator had introduced the umbrella regulation for Organic foods earlier this year.

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FSSAI set to bring standards for fortified foods

FSSAI is set to introduce standards for fortifications on Fruit Juices, cereals, cereal-based foods and bakery products Safe foods will have a logo of declaration set by national food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Standards are being set for consumer staples including salt, oil and milk. FSSAI has been driving largescale fortification of consumer staple foods such as wheat flour, rice, milk, oil and salt to combat widespread malnutrition in the country. Packaged foods makers across the world are working to supplement foods with healthier ingredients, not only under directives from governments but also to compete in categories with multiple players. Over the last one year, many food products have been fortified with minerals and vitamins like edible oil, Read More