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A New Era of Food Safety & Quality Assurance

by Clean India Journal Editor
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During the recently concluded Clean India Technology Week 2023, the Kitchen Hygiene & Sanitation (KHS) 2023 seminar served as a hub of innovative ideas and practices. A notable highlight was the panel discussion on ‘Innovative Hygiene Solutions for Food Safety & Quality Assurance,’ moderated by Ashwin Bhadri, CEO of Equinox Labs. The discourse featured insights from industry experts Pradip Chakraborty, Director at Ishaanav Nutraceuticals and Renu Chadda, Hygiene Manager at Grand Hyatt Mumbai, unveiled pivotal trends reshaping the realm of food safety and hospitality.

Quality Assurance at the Forefront

The session opened with a crucial question on the importance of Quality Assurance (QA), answered by Pradip Chakraborty. In his view, QA transcends taste, encompassing the safety and standards of food items. He stressed the vital role of FSSAI in ensuring compliance with food safety regulations. This narrative highlighted the stringent vigilance over food quality, not as a mere regulatory compliance but as an intrinsic commitment to consumer health and trust.

Redefining Food Safety in Hotels

Renu Chadda’s perspective on food safety, underscored the criticality of maintaining high safety standards to cater to a diverse, global clientele. Her emphasis on the complexities of food safety in a multicultural environment shed light on the nuanced challenges hotels face in ensuring guest safety.

Innovative Approaches to Food Waste Management

A significant part of the discussion pivoted to innovative strategies in handling food waste, a pressing issue in the hospitality sector. Chadda elaborated on the shift towards “A La Carte” preparation and the implementation of organic waste composters as steps towards sustainable waste management.

AI and Technology in Food Safety

The panel delved into the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and technology in revolutionising food safety practices. Chadda highlighted the potential of AI in monitoring and reducing food waste, a practice gaining traction internationally. The discussion also touched upon the use of cameras and advanced imaging for ensuring compliance with food safety protocols, signalling a tech-driven approach in quality assurance.

Sustainability: A Core Objective

Sustainability emerged as a recurring theme, with Chadda and Chakraborty discussing various practices aimed at reducing the industry’s environmental footprint. From rainwater harvesting and solar cooking methods to biodegradable containers for takeaways, these initiatives reflected a profound shift towards eco-friendly practices. The discussion underlined the importance of sustainability not just as a corporate responsibility but as an integral component of hospitality.

Regulatory Awareness and Compliance

Ashwin Bhadri’s insights on regulatory awareness, particularly following the Maggi controversy, pointed to a heightened consciousness about FSSAI’s role. This awareness has spurred more robust compliance and adaptation within the industry, with businesses now viewing regulations as opportunities for innovation and added value rather than mere obligations.

Challenges and the Way Forward

Despite the progress, the industry faces its share of challenges. Allergen management in food preparation, as discussed by Chadda, is a growing concern. The introduction of allergen detection kits is a step towards addressing this issue. The panel also discussed the challenges in implementing new regulations, such as the mandate for calorie count displays in hotel menus, underscoring the need for adaptive strategies and continuous learning.

The KHS 2023 panel discussion painted a picture of an industry at the cusp of significant transformation. From integrating technologies to adopting sustainable practices and navigating regulatory landscapes, the food and hospitality sector is actively redefining its approaches to quality assurance and food safety.

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