World Spice Organization holds national conference in Mumbai

Eminent experts from FSSAI, Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) to speak at the conference

World Spice Organization (WSO), a not-for-profit technical partner of the All-India Spices Exporters Forum (AISEF), is organizing the first National Spice Conference (NSC) in Mumbai at Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport on 6th and 7th October 2022. WSO is organizing this in collaboration with GIZ and IDH- the Sustainable Trade Initiative.

The conference will be attended by experts from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), IISR, experienced scientists from National Research Organizations; and senior executives from leading spice-related firms. Rainforest Alliance, GIZ, and IDH, leaders of international NGOs working on sustainable agriculture, will also be present at NSC 2022.

The two-day conference will focus on the theme “Food Safe Spices: Getting the Basics Right” with the primary objective of addressing the challenges of overall food safety. The conference will also cover emerging trends in food safety regulations, changing consumer and demand patterns, ground-level challenges for sustainability and biodiversity, innovations and new trends in value chain partnerships, trends that may lead to trade barriers, and strict, long-standing safety standards. The cutting-edge technologies and innovation both at farm and processing levels will also be discussed which will support the spice industry.

Sharing insights on the spice industry, Ramkumar Menon, Chairman, World Spice Organisation, said “India is the world’s largest producer, exporter, and consumer of spices, accounting for more than 48% of global demand. Spice exports from India have been increasing and are expected to reach $1.6 billion in the April-August 2022 quarter. However, the industry is being challenged by new international safety, sustainability, and traceability standards. Approximately 85% of all spices produced in India are consumed domestically. Hence, ensuring high quality spices are traded within India is critical. Through the National Spice Conference, we want to show how important food safety is in general, especially for spices.”

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