So finally what was being talked about for
quite some time should start happening! The new FSSAI CEO Arun Singhal after
taking over the charge has laid the roadmap of action. He desires to put in
place a new set of protocols pertaining to milk, honey, meat & poultry and
edible oils for focused quality testing.
Bharat, creating benchmarks of quality and testing and also putting in place
protocols for rapid testing at subsequent stages of the value chain is going to
be the game changer. It is the quality testing and checks which would
facilitate in establishing Brand India across the world.
These five products
are under the spotlight on account of the levels of rampant adulteration
observed in them all across the country. Expanding the outreach of testing
apparatus, FSSAI plans to introduce third party audits, time bound inspections
and introducing precision testing. These new normals are the demand of the time
post-COVID for the food industry.
FSSAI would also
be focusing on changing the present norms pertaining to Import of Food in India
to provide greater access. If one were to read between the lines about this
policy pronouncement, it would create an environment for ushering in an era of
new quality and testing norms. It may not come from the government immediately
but by opening the market for more import of food items, a nudge so to say,
which adhere to norms of testing and quality checks from the country of
respective origins, the Indian players per force would have to start adopting
the quality and testing norms.
AgNext, a globally acclaimed AgriTech company, who have been advocating about creating new norms of quality and testing through Artificial Intelligence, laying down a new set of protocols is a positive development. AgNext has been a category innovator in itself, providing a technology platform called Qualix for rapid commodity assessment solutions across procurement, trade, production, storage and consumption of food and Agri value chains. The Qualix AI engine uses spectrometry, computer vision and IoT Sensing solutions, delivered through an integrated hardware and software interface for accurate and instant quality analysis. Leveraging on this, AgNext is introducing a stream of other SaaS-based solutions on its Qualix platform which will benefit its clients for integrating more technology solutions for their benefits.
When the push
comes from the government its outreach becomes quite manifest. Post COVID times when testing has come into
the day to day lexicon of the common citizen of the country, the word- testing
needs to be elevated to a new proposition of making a norm for the food industry
per se. Testing should be the new normal and technology also needs to take the
step forward further by bringing in improvisations so that the paradigm of
testing shifts from the producers and manufacturers to the end users or the