India – NZ concludes Food Safety cooperation arrangement

New Delhi, Oct 26 (PTI) To boost trade in food products, India and New Zealand today announced conclusion of food safety cooperation arrangement to encourage greater coordination between food authorities of the two countries.

This was announced in a joint statement of India and New Zealand. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, is on a state visit to India from October 25-27.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key expressed their wish for greater bilateral trade and investment.

They announced the “conclusion of a Food Safety Cooperation Arrangement to encourage greater coordination between New Zealand and Indian food safety authorities, and supporting more efficient trade in food products.”

The arrangement was made between the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand regarding Food Safety Cooperation, according to the list of outcomes.

FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 as a statutory body for laying down standards for food articles and regulating manufacturing, processing, distribution, sale and import of food so as to ensure safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

FSSAI came into the limelight after Maagi controversy.

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