8th India-Oman Joint Meeting Begins in Muscat

The Commerce Minister, Suresh Prabhu, co-chaired 8th session of India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting along with Minister of Industry of Oman, Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy. The Commerce Minister launched investment friendly programmes with a business opportunity in the country. JCM include cooperation in space, SMEs, food security, including durable foods and visit of young entrepreneurs.

Haddad and Nabarro win World Food Prize

Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro win 2018 World Food Prize. The World Food Prize was created by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug in 1986 to recognize scientists and others who have improved the quality and availability of food. The two men who have worked to provide availability of nutritious food for pregnant women and children to reduce malnutrition in developing countries.

CPI inflation quickens to 4-month high

Retail inflation accelerated to a four-month high in May as quickening food and fuel costs lifted the Consumer Price Index (CPI) based reading to 4.87%. The acceleration in price gains in May, a second straight month when the headline reading has risen, followed April’s 4.58% pace. The food and beverages segment saw inflation accelerating to 3.37% in May, from 3% in April.

Fortified rice to be distributed through PDS

Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan announced that his Ministry will be distributing fortified rice through the public distribution system. He once again promised that the prices of grains supplied through the PDS would not be increased till June 2019. Fortified foods are foods to which extra nutrients have been added. Examples – vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin D, folic acid, iodine & iron.

NBFC for food processing sector

Food Processing Ministry will soon create its new financial institution which will exclusively fund food processing projects and create capacity building in the field of risk assessment and lending to food processing sector. The Agro-Processing Financial Institution will be a non-banking financial institution. The government is likely to hold a minority stake in this NBFC.

IRCTC roped in Trapigo for food delivery

IRCTC has rolled out the facility of delivering food to passengers on their train seats. For the food delivery, Indian Railways has roped in Trapigo which provides last-mile logistics services for food products and other amenities such as medicines, travel, kits, handicrafts etc. Trapigo is unique as it has specialized the technology to deliver articles to the traveling customers.

MoU on cooperation in food security approved

Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding between India & Denmark regarding cooperation in the area of food safety. It will help improve food safety standard setting by getting access to best practices & facilitating food trade of important commodities. It will also promote understanding of best practices in areas of food safety in both countries.

WHO launched ‘REPLACE’

WHO has launched a comprehensive plan to “REPLACE” to eliminate industrially-produced artificial trans fats from global food supply by 2023. REPLACE stands for review dietary sources, promote the use of healthier fats, legislate, assess changes, create awareness and enforce. REPLACE package is the first time WHO is calling for the elimination of something other than a noncommunicable disease

Pawan Agarwal gets extension as CEO of FSSAI

Pawan Kumar Agarwal has been given three months extension as the Chief Executive Officer of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Pawan Kumar Agarwal is a 1985-batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre and has served as Joint Secretary of Ministry of Skill Development and Entre-preneurship. He was appointed as the CEO of the FSSAI in December 2015.

New norms for labeling food planned

8 : Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released new draft regulations on food packaging. All packaged food with at least 5% content from genetically engineered sources need to be labeled so. Foods that exceed norms of sugar and fat will need to carry ‘red’ and ‘green’ labels specifying the extent to which they do so.