Saturday 18 July 2015

PANEL DISCUSSION | Food Safety - Consumer Rights in India and Germany

To draw attention to current issues of FOOD SAFETY and to look for practical solutions for consumers, Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad is pleased to invite you to a

20 July, Monday
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad

About the panel discussion:It takes a long way for food to get from farm to plate. And this way is not always safe. Food safety has become a major issue in India after the Maggi case. But the problem is not new. Two out of three samples of milk did not meet prescribed standards in a nationwide survey by FSSAI in 2011.Many pesticides regularly used in India are banned in other countries for their bad impact on the nervous, reproductive system etc.

So, how can one avoid harm caused by food-borne illnesses? What can consumers do to protect themselves – in a long perspective and in their everyday life? These and other issues will be discussed by our experts on the panel :

  • Radhika Subramanyam, Product Head for Food Certifications at TÜV Rheinland will talk about food safety standards and certifications in India and Germany. TÜV Rheinland is a global provider of technical, safety, and certification services with its headquarters in Germany.
  • Mr. G. Santhanarajan ​will give a talk on most common food adulterations in India. He will demonstrate simple ways to test grocery goods at home with Adulteration Testing Kit of his authorship. Mr. G. Santhanarajan is a Director in charge of CONCERT, a Centre for Consumer Education, Research, Training and Testing, partner institution of Consumers Association of India.
  • Mrs​ ​Rajam​ ​Ganesan, prominent Indian consumer activist, Honorary General Secretary of the Consumer Care Centre, Hyderabad, and the State and National Award recipient for Consumer Protection will help the audience understand the laws and mechanisms to protect their rights as consumers.
The discussion will be moderated by:
  • Dr Kinnera Murthy, a Strategy Consultant, Independent Director, and Trustee of a women's NGO, Sankalp who has worked for over 3 decades at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad in various positions, including Dean of Studies.

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