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World Food Day


Oct, 2018

World Food Day

Oct 16, 2018, FICCI, New Delhi |

CIFTI-FICCI to hold seminar on sweeteners in Hyderabad on February 26

The Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry (CIFTI), which is a food regulatory wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), will organise a daylong seminar titled Sweeteners- Innovative Ingredients for a Better Health in Hyderabad on February 26, 2020.

Highlighting the relevance of the seminar, the organisers noted that consumers are concerned about the consumption of the sugar. Sugar has overtaken fat as the latest food villain, and brands are taking consumers’ growing concerns about sugar very seriously.

Notwithstanding from consumer pressure, the government and health departments continue to drive the food industry into playing their part in encouraging consumers towards healthier eating habits.

With the growing rate of obesity and diabetes reaching epidemic proportions, low-calorie sweeteners can be a useful solution and provide important health benefits, while allowing people to enjoy sweetness with practically no calories.

Also, the approaching policy pressures to address the overconsumption of sugar, linking with the rising epidemic of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); the food industry has been working to deliver solutions through healthier product innovation and reformulation particularly around reducing the sugar content in food and beverage products. The reduction in the level of sugar is going beyond just taking the sugar out as it contributes to other functional roles besides influencing taste.

To address this, Low Nutritive Calorie Sweeteners (LNCS) are playing vital role by contributing to sweet taste with few or no calories. Being amongst the most thoroughly researched ingredients worldwide, with scientific studies and food safety authorities consistently confirming their safety, low calorie sweeteners can be used in place of sugar as part of a balanced diet.

However, the reputation of low-/non-calorie sweeteners (LNCS) has been constantly challenged with alleged associations for causing weight gain and cancers, in spite of current scientific findings suggesting otherwise. This negative narrative is mainly influenced by misinformation and pseudo-science.

This seminar will focus on creating awareness among the stakeholders about the LNCS; debunking the myths associated with it and its impact on diet and health and the way forward from public health perspective in curbing NCDs.

Abhinav Singh, head, food processing and CIFTI, FICCI; Matthew Kovac; executive director, Food Industry Asia, Singapore, and Siraj Hussain, former secretary, ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), Government of India, and advisor, FICCI, will be present.

Phani Kumar, head of quality and regulatory, Zydus Wellness, will deliberate on World of Sweeteners - Understanding Low/Non-Calorie Sweeteners. Steven Bartholomeusz, policy director, Food Industry Asia, will speak on Reformulating with Low-/Non-Calorie Sweeteners – Debunking the Bad Science.

Following this is a panel discussion on Substitution of sugar with Low/Non-Calorie Sweeteners: Way Forward from Public Health Perspective in curbing NCDs. The panellists are Dr V Sudarshan Rao, chairperson, FSSAI, Scientific Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing aids and Materials; Dr Jagmeet Madan, president, Indian Dietetic Association, Shaminder Pal Singh, director of R&D, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, South Asia, PepsiCo, among others.

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Arbitration not meant to mirror litigation, says CJI SA Bobde

Chief Justice of India (CJI), Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde on Friday said that arbitration is not meant to mirror litigation.

Institutional arbitration has met with limited success in India, the CJI was quoted as saying at the Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA) '3rd International Conference on Arbitration In The Era of Globalization'.

It is a well-known fact that Indian parties still show a strong preference for adhoc over institutional arbitration, he said.

The Chief Justice of India said it is clear that for institutional arbitration to expand its footprint in India, it would require concerted support from all stakeholders, in particular members of the legal profession.

"A robust arbitration bar is critical to the development of institutional arbitration in India as it would ensure availability and accessibility of practitioners with knowledge and experience in the field of arbitration," Justice Bobde was quoted as saying, according to a statement.

He added that with the sheer diversity and quantum of matters being submitted to arbitration, the presence of a specialist arbitration bar with members who have not migrated from the general bar, who are working in close coordination with competent arbitral institutions is imperative.

Justice Bobde, while emphasizing on adopting Artificial Intelligence said, "As we conceptualize international arbitration in a globalized era, we must also be cognizant of the synergistic opportunities available for international arbitration through utilization of disruptive technologies."

He further said, "Pre-litigation mediation is critical to resolve disputes and reduce the stress on courts and the judicial system. We must structure courses and programmes to certify professionals in mediation."

Dr Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI, said that arbitration is the answer to expeditiously resolving business and commercial disputes.

"Arbitration should be made more effective by minimizing court intervention in the arbitral awards. Certain steps have already been taken through the interpretation of the Act by the Apex Court but more needs to be done," Dr Reddy said.