standards by EU to impinge Indian seafood exports
8 May 2003
Despite the standards prescribed by the United States
Food and Drugs Administration (USFDA) and the Codex Alimentarius
Commission (CAC) in respect of food safety, the European
Union (EU) is putting differential standards that impinge
Indian seafood exports.
to Dr M K Mukundan, joint director, Central Institute
of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), the EU has laid down that
the antibiotic residue in fishery and meat products should
be less than 0.1 parts per billion.
stricter standards does not actually mean healthy and
safe products but acts as a trade barrier. Meeting these
standards entails heavy investments in test equipment
that would make Indian exports costly," he said.
at the 'Food Quality & Safety Management HACCP and
SQF 2000' seminar, organised by the Confederation of Indian
Industry (CII), he said the government should depute the
scientific and technical personnel to World Trade Organisation
(WTO) negotiations than bureaucrats, as it is the former
which knows better the trade and technology nuances.
the retailer's perspective on labelling food products,
K Radhakrishnan, vice-president (merchandising and marketing),
FoodWorld Supermarkets, expressed the difficulties faced
by retail chains in enforcing the labelling norms as they
just sell the products manufactured by some other organisations.
we ask for a blanket indemnity for liability from product
manufacturers. We deal only with suppliers having food
licence and those who conform to the Packaging Commodities
Act," he said.
to him FoodWorld insists on suppliers to barcode their
products after spending around Rs 40 lakh, barcoding all
its packets. He said even multinational companies that
sell food items like chips do not barcode their product
packages. "Henceforth we have decided to charge 15
paise per package on companies that don't barcode their
products," he said.
said food safety measures should start from the farm-gate
level. "As per law, poultry should not be injected
with any antibiotics two days before its slaughter. But
who is there to ensure that? Any law is good only if it
is enforced properly."
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