India to upgrade processed food quality, drive exports

Thursday, 27 November 2008, 04:45 Hrs   |    1 Comments
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New Delhi: The government is setting up a 2.45-billion food processing laboratory and upgrading existing facilities in a bid to improve quality standards and boost exports of processed food products.

The "world-class laboratory" would soon start functioning at Sonepat bordering Delhi, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahay told the Economic Editors Conference Wednesday.

Processed food products exported from India have often had to be destroyed in importing countries for failing to meet prescribed quality standards.

"If packaged foods are not meeting standards abroad, there is every chance the goods will be dumped," Sahay said, adding: "Our existing laboratories are being upgraded and will help us maintain quality standards."

The government has declared 2008 as "Food Safety Year".

The minister said keeping the potential of the food processing sector, a 'Vision 2015' has been drawn up that envisages increasing the level of processing of per
Source: IANS
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