Webinar on food regulatory compliances

IFBA in association with govt of India – 20 May

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IFBA in association with Department of Consumer Affairs under Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution presents “Metrological Practices for Sustainably Serving Consumers”

On the occasion of World Metrology Day on 20 May, Ind Food & Beverage Association (IFBA) and the department of consumer affairs under the Ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution (MoCA) are coming together to conduct an informatory and interactive webinar where the experts will share their insights around food regulatory compliance matters, especially the role of accurate measurements in addressing the challenges of providing precise quantities and value for money to the consumers.

The webinar will be inaugurated by Nidhi Khare, secretary, ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution (MoCA). The virtual session is scheduled on Monday, 20 May from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm and is open to the general public by registering on this QR Code link.

The objective of the event is to create consumer awareness around Legal Metrology Act and Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, which implies adhering to certain standards set in terms of weights, measures, and labeling requirements to regulate trade and commerce in India.

Deepak Jolly, chairperson, IFBA, stated, “One of our primary objectives at IFBA is to enlighten and inform the consumers about all matters about food regulatory compliance, thereby helping them make informed choices. This webinar on the occasion of World Metrology Day, being held together with the department of consumer affairs under MoCA is a step forward in reinstating the belief of Indian consumers in the food and beverage manufacturing system and their regulatory compliance. The webinar will bring forth valuable insights from experts towards the increasing challenges of the global distribution of food and the role accurate measurement plays in improving the supply chain.”

The webinar will feature talks by eminent experts such as representatives from government bodies and industry experts. The speaker panel will include opening remarks by Nidhi Khare and will be presided over by other dignitaries including Ashutosh Agarwal, director – legal metrology, M K Naik, deputy director – legal metrology, Delhi, Ashutosh Sharma, deputy director – legal metrology, Bhubhneshwar, Anjal Raj, head legal (South Asia), Ferrero India and Praful Palkar, GM, Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale. The closing remarks will be delivered by Praveen Aggarwal, executive director, IFBA.

Metrology is the scientific discipline related to measurement and its uses in science, industries, innovation, trade and other sectors. World Metrology Day is marked each year on May 20 and draws attention to the contribution of people working in metrology organizations and institutes. It also highlights the importance of precise measurement units in our lives.

The government of India enacted the Legal Metrology Act to maintain uniformity and establish certain standards in terms of weights, measures, and labeling requirements to regulate trade and commerce in India. With the advent of technology and changes in the socio-economic scenario, the process of buying and selling goods and services through e-commerce platforms increased exponentially, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, fraudulent activities by the sellers also increased proportionately, wherein, consumers were being sold substandard products without proper descriptions of manufacturing and details pertaining to country of origin. In light of the above, the Government introduced certain amendments under the Act thereby safeguarding the interests of the consumers and preventing unfair trade practices.

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