The Bangladesh Food Safety Conference 2017 will begin in the city on August 23 with the slogan "Protecting Consumers: A Shared Responsibility".
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu will inaugurate the two-day conference, the first of its kind in the country, at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on August 23. Food minister Advocate Md.Qamrul Islam will attend it as special guest, reports BSS.
Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed will attend the closing session as chief guest.
"This conference will bring together the food industry with the regulators and two chambers to open a dialogue on the importance of working together to enhance quality and safety for the consumers," said MCCI general secretary Faruk Ahmed at a press conference in the city on Saturday.
Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI), in collaboration with Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA), Ministry of Food and Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) are jointly organizing the event.
BFSA chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque, BSTI director ANM Asaduzzaman and FICCI president Rupali Chowdhury spoke at the press conference.
The separate sessions will be held during the conference which will deal with topics relevant to the Bangladeshi food industry.
The first session of the conference will discuss Global Food Safety Challenges. Carmen Savelli of World Health Organization and Himangshu Gupta of Nestle, South Asia will take part in the discussion.
NG Kim Keat, Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Coca-Cola Far East Limited, Atlanta, will discuss coordination of food control across the food chain, risk-based food inspection, regulatory framework of food safety management.
There will be a session on sharing experiences with Food Control from Countries in the Region, which will introduce the cases of food control in Indonesia by Dr. Halim Nababan, National Agency for Drug and Food Control, Jakarta and India by Suneeti Toteja, Director, Food Safety Authority of India (FSSAI).
It will also discuss the strengthening of National Food Control Systems with experiences from the World Health Organization.
The conference will conclude with its last session, Ensuring Food Safety - A Farm-to-Fork Approach chaired by Dr. KAS Murshid, DG, BIDS, which will also host a panel discussion followed by a closing ceremony.
A.K.M. Nurul Afsar, National Team Leader, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, will present a summary and action points from the entire conference at the closing session.
Nestle, Coca-Cola, GSK and Pepsico as Diamond Sponsors, and Frooto, Unilever, Square, Akij Group, Perfetti van Melle, Meghna Group of Industries, Aarong Dairy, Globe and IFAD are the gold sponsors of the event. Polar, New Zealand Dairy, Lalmai Group, Marks, Shwapno and PUSTI are the silver sponsors.