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Coimbatore, Sept. 27

THE India Development Foundation (IDF) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is holding a conference on sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) measures in Salem on September 29.

The conference is aimed at giving an exposure on food safety standards including animal and plant life covered under the SPS measures contemplated under the World Trade Organization (WTO) regime for small enterprises engaged in food processing for exports, importers of food products, policy makers/regulators implementing the SPS measures, according to a CII press note.

India is perceived to be under-utilising its export capability in agri-based exports and a major reason for this is the imposition of SPS standards by importing firms which use these standards as non-tariff barriers, the note said, adding that the conference is intended to create awareness among different stakeholders regarding the gains in store by adopting international quality norms.

Representatives from industry, government and independent organisations working in the field would take part in the conference. Key persons expected to participate in the conference are Mr K. Ashok Vardhan Shetty, Managing Director of Sago-serve, Mr Sivakumar, Director, Tamilnadu Sago and Starch Producers Association, and Mr N Asoka, Vice-President of Salem Productivity Council. A CD-ROM on SPS in Tamil Nadu brought out by the organisers would be released at the conference, the CII note said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated September 28, 2005)
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