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Connaissance Introduction
Connaissance Solutions is a newly-formed private company. Its planned area of operation is safety and quality across whole food chain. The primary focus would be on India and its subcontinent.
Background of Connaissance establishment -
Market globalization with no-tarrif barrier, higher consumer exposure to world products, low processing level in India, focus on processed food industry growth by Indian govt. and its various initiatives, India being touted as world’s largest consumer market and food material suppler as well, more than necessitates the following-

1. Turnaround and link all shareholder towards safety and quality

2. Quality systems and standards at par with global

3. Food Safety and Management Systems that are globally recognised

4. Knowledge sharing on regulatory and quality movement

Connaissance solutions is keen to be next level partner to food industries in the world to achieve above said.
Upcoming Events




From 16/02/2011 To 18/01/2011
Nutraceutical Summit
Industry: Agriculture/Food Processing
Venue: Mumbai World Trade Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Indi





From 23/10/2010 To 23/10/2010
Mumbai International Food & Beverages Exhibition & Conference 2010

Conference Report – Mumbai International Food & Beverages Exhibition & Conference 2010             

23rd October 2010

MMRDA Exhibition Grounds, Mumbai

MIFBEC is India’s 1st largest annual international exhibition & conference on food & beverages, equipment& supplies, F & B processing, hospitality and packaging. The MIF&BEC conference 2010 was a success achieving quality participationfrom the regulators, industry, associations and academia. It took place at MMRDA exhibition grounds on 23rd October 2010, Saturday. Organized by India-Tech Foundation, the conference was supported by AFST (I) Mumbai Chapter and Connaissance as knowledge partners, VITS, Lotus Resorts, Kamat Hotels and The Orchid as diamond partners and Mid Day as print media partner.

The theme of the conference was “Global Outreach of Indian food Industry”. The keynote session was graced by eminent dignitaries like Mr. Deepak Shah, Partner, Sumer Group Mr. Prabodh Halde, Secretary, AFSTI - Mumbai Chapter and Dr. G. Subbulakshmi, Former Director, PG Dept. of Home Science, SNDT Women’s University. Mr. Indra Mohan, President India-Tech Foundation, presented the welcoming address and briefed the delegates about the programme. Adv. Ashish Shelar delivered the key note address on Farmer’s market. Mr. Henk Van Duijn, Counsellor for Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was the Guest of Honour. 

The first session tackled the topic of “Impact of New Regulations in the Food Industry”. The first presentation on Food Regulations by Dr. K. Metheker, Food Inspector, Food & Drug Administration, Mumbai was an elaborate briefing about the existing regulatory scenario. Mr. Prabodh Halde, Secretary, AFSTI - Mumbai Chapter delivered on Impact of New Food Safety Act covering the salient features of new regulatory regime and implications for the industry. The topic of Consumer Safety was presented by Dr. M. Kamath, Hon. Secretary, Consumer Guidance Society of India who talked about consumer expectations from the new law. Mr. Gautam Dange, Lead Auditor, Det Norske Veritas (DNV) spoke on ISO 22000 & FSSAI Linkages, the presentation showing the overlap of FSSA regulations with ISO requirements.

The second session was titled “Marketing & Advertising Strategies for Food Products”. This session started with Mr. Anuraag Fulay, VP - Sales & BD, Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd. presenting on The Changing Consumer - Advertising : Yesterday and Today who made an interesting presentation, playing actual old and new TV commercials of certain brands.    

Dr. Deepa Bhajekar Managing Director, Microchem Lab Pvt. Ltd elaborated on Challenges for the Food Industry. 

The third session focusing on “New Emerging Trends in Food Industry” began with Dr. A.G. Behere, Consultant presenting on Emerging Technologies for Food Preservation where he detailed on irradiation for preservation. Mr. Baiju Mohan, Head - Supply Chain Development, Marico Ltd. spoke on evolving trends in Logistics and Supply chain. The nutrition problems threatening India today were discussed by Mrs. Shilpa Joshi, Consultant Dietician & Nutritionist in her presentation on the subject of Food Nutrition Challenges. 

The programme ended with a lively and provocative panel discussion on the subject of “Impact of Food Safety on Industry”. Mr. A. I. S Kumar, Dy. Director, Food Safety & Standard Authority of India (FSSA) chaired the discussion. Ms. Swati Deodhar Singh, Consultant, Connaissance Solutions was the moderator. The panelists included Mr. Ganesh Parlikar, Licensing & Local Health Authority, FDA who spoke from the regulator’s perspective and Dr. K. D. Yadav, President, AFSTI - Mumbai Chapter voiced the industry point of view. Mr. Sanjay B. Indani, GM-Food Safety, RSM Astute Consulting Pvt. Ltd represented the accreditation and certification faculty and Mr. Sitaram Dixit, CGSI represented the consumer forum. The partakers got insights into new trends from industry thought leaders, made new contacts and strengthened existing relationships. Overall the event was a success.





From 03/10/2011 To 04/10/2011
FI India

we would like to invite you to upcoming show on 3-4 October 2011 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India.
Each year, 25 million people join India's urban middle class, and their tastes are evolving. Economic growth, interest in global cuisine and the need for convenience are changing the dietary choices of this exciting market. This year, we return to Mumbai to support the growing demand and facilitate once again a meeting place for buyers and sellers of every link in the food ingredients value chain.

Venue- Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.






From 15/12/2011 To 16/12/2011
The Fifth International Conference on 'Fermented Foods, Health Status and Social Well-being: Challenges and Opportunities'
The Fifth International Conference on 'Fermented Foods, Health Status and Social Well-being: Challenges and Opportunities' is being organised by Swedish South Asian Network on Fermented Foods (SASNET-FF) in Association with Central Food Technological Institute, Mysore, The Association of Food Scientists Technologists of India, Mysore, Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore, Department of Applied Nutrition, Lund University, Sweden, Anand Agricultural University, Gujarat and The Association of Microbiologists of India (Mysore Chapter).

For further details, participation contact-
Dr. Vijayalakshmi G
Senior Principal Scientist
Department of Food Microbiology
Central Food Technological Research Institute
Mysore-570020 India
Ph: +91 821 2517539
Mobile: +91 9448461005





From 23/07/2011 To 27/08/2011
Awareness Program about FSSAI (2011)

Report on One day Awareness program about FSSA (2011) - Schedule IV-

 23rd July 2011                                                                                 27thth August 2011

Envirocare Centre for Continual Education, thane (W)             Tip Top Plaza, Thane (W)


Food Safety and Standards Bill piloted by Ministry Of Food Processing Industries, India was passed by parliament in Monsoon session and approved by President in September, 2006.  Needless to say, FSSAI (2006) which has replaced the PFA (1954) and other food related orders ; lays whole emphasis on ensuring food safety throughout all food supply chain stakeholders.

FSSAI is developed with following Objectives-

1.      To consolidate the laws relating to food.

2.      To establish food safety and standards authority of India for laying down science based standards for articles of food.

      3.     To regulate the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of food          

4.      To ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

Food safety means assurance that food will not cause harm to the consumer when it is prepared and/ or eaten according to its intended use. Worldwide food safety management systems such as GMP, GHP, GAP, HACCP and ISO are practiced to achieve safety and quality objectives in food industry.

FASSAI has made it compulsory to maintain safety prerequisites in food industry through Regulations (2011) - Section III (Titled as Licensing & Registration). Under this section, Schedule IV emphasizes & elaborates GMP & GHP needs of general food industry and with specific reference to milk & milk products, meat & meat products and food service/catering type.

Awareness and training about FSSAI and Schedule IV in particular among various types of food business operators is the immediate and significant need of the hour. 

Envirocare Centre for Continual Education & Connaissance Solutions were the first to roll out such training programs in India.

Introduction to Envirocare Labs-

Envirocare Labs,a premiere scientific organization in India, has proven competencies in Laboratory Testing, Consultancy & Training Services. Considered to be one of India’s largest, fully equipped private environmental testing laboratory, Envirocare has progressed into independent Food, Water, Raw Material & Finished Product Testing Divisions. Over the past 3 decades the laboratory has demonstrated a steady lateral & vertical growth in Infrastructure, Instrumentation, Technical Resource Personnel, Customer Out Reach and Range of Expert Technical Services, keeping pace with newly emerging legislation, modern trends, practices & protocols in analytical techniques, conforming to world class standards.

Envirocare is strategically located in Mumbai and has a strong presence in India with customer strength of 500+ cutting across all industry categories. As a 3P Lab of prominent MNCs, the laboratory is also receiving samples from 30+ countries across seven continents.

Envirocare Labs has following Hallmarks & Highlights-

  •     ISO 17025:2005- NABL Accreditation
  •     Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Govt of India, Recognition
  •     Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt of India, Recognition
  •     ISO 9001 Certification
  •     Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Recognition
  •     World Bank Consultant ID 124322
  •     Empanelled Consultant of PCB for Environmental Studies
  •     NSIC- CRISIL rating of SE1B
  •     3P Lab status for many Multinationals
  •     State-of-the-art centre for Continual Education
  •     FSMS, EMS and OHSAS Audits­

Introduction to Connaissance Solutions-

Connaissance Solutions is a newly-formed private company. Its planned area of operation is to support build safety and quality across whole food chain, India.

Background of Connaissance establishment-

Market globalization that has no tariff barrier, higher consumer exposure to world products, low processing level in India, focus on processed food industry growth by Indian govt. and its various initiatives. India being touted as world’s largest consumer market and food material supplier as well, there is immediate need of-

1.      Turnaround and link all shareholders of food chain towards safety and quality
Quality systems and standards at par with global
3.      Food Safety and Management Systems that are globally recognized
Knowledge sharing on regulatory and quality movement

Connaissance Solutions is keen to be next level partner to food industries in the world to achieve above said objectives.


One day Awareness program about FSSAI (2011) - Schedule IV where effected in two batches.


No. of Participants


23rd July 2011


Envirocare Centre for Continual Education, thane.

27th August 2011


Tip Top Plaza, Thane

The one day program schedule included  introduction of organisers, shift from PFA(1954) to FSSAI (2006) and its overall impact on food industry, licensing & registration under Section 3, Schedule IV part1,2,3,4,5 in details, FSSAI rules (labelling, claims, additive) and finally state level implementation of FSSAI. This program was instrumental in providing knowledge & insights on FSSAI, its regulations & schedule IV.

The brief summary of speakers & panellists of the program-



Area of Expertise

Mr. P. Karthikeyan

Post Graduation in food technology, & Post Graduation in Agricultural Science.

10 yrs with ministry of health and 3 yrs with FSSAI

FSSAI draft making

Website management & updation

Mr. M.M. Chitale

BSc Food Technology, Bsc. Chemistry.

40 yrs of experience in processed food industry

Turn key project management, techno regulatory consultancy & training.

Mr. Suresh Deshmukh

Post Graduation

Food safety state implementation, training

Dr. Methekar

Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences, LLB, Diploma in Clinical Research, 15yrs with FDA(now FSSAI)

Food safety state implementation, training, Administration & documentation

Dr. Nilesh Amritkar

PhD. Microbiology,
Lead auditor of NABL, 7yrs experience in food & water analyses

Certified auditor & trainer for FSSC systems, MD at Envirocare Labs Pvt Ltd

Mr. Prabodh Halde

MBA(Marketing), BTech in Food Technology, Lead auditor in HACCP &

20yrs experience

Strategy making, Regulatory management, Vice President AFST(I) Mumbai chapter

Ms. Swati Singh

MBA( Marketing), Post Graduation in Food Technology, Diploma in Dietetics & Nutrition, 16 yrs experience in processed food industry

Techno regulatory consultancy, training, Product development


The presentation PFA to FSSAI by M.M. Chitale led emphasis upon expanse and science based approach behind FSSAI. From multiplicity of food laws & orders and focus on prevention of adulteration, FSSAI is covering the complete food supply chain & consumer safety is targeted at. This presentation set the context for the day’s program on schedule IV.

Mr. Karthikeyan’s elaborate presentation on scheduling & licensing followed. The delegates particularly from food service & hotel industry had quite no. of quarries. There is now need of registration by all involved in food manufacture or service. Central & state licensing procedures were explained. Various forms that are required to be filled in, product return filling, license tenure, conversion of current license into new, etc. were elucidated. 

Part 2 of schedule IV elaborates all GMP & GHP requirements for general food business operators. They are HACCP based and would help Indian food operator to achieve safe & consistent quality of food products. All these prerequisites can be clubbed under following 12 heads-

  1. Location and Surroundings
  2. Layout and design of food establishment premises
  3. Equipment and Containers
  4. Facilities
  5. Food Operations and Control
  6. Management and Supervision
  7. Audit, Documentation and Records
  8. Sanitation and Maintenance of premises
  9. Personnel Hygiene
  10. Product Information and Consumer awareness
  11. Testing
  12.  Training

Everybody enjoyed a vegetarian lunch menu over loads of discussions & cross-industry networking. 

Specific hygiene requirements for milk & milk products (part 3), meat & meat products (part 4), & food service operations (part 5) were highlighted by Swati Singh. There are critical factors for each type of food industry above the general requirements of part 2 under schedule IV. The various clear linkages of schedule IV with ISO 22000 & PAS 220 indicate that implementation by food business operator can upgrade him to a higher level of food safety, quality & consistency.

Next session delved upon procedures & provisions for labelling claims & food additives

under ‘FSSAI Rules’ by M.M. Chitale. Again this session witnessed showering of questions by FMCG companies & was merged with state level implementation dialogue by Mr. Deshmukh & Dr. Methekar from FSSAI Maharashtra. Herein FSSAI apparatus & working at state level was exemplified with. 

The conference was dotted with open discussion followed by each session. Delegates asked lot of questions on FSSAI- licensing and registration, technical aspects to Mr Karthikeyan. Mr Karthikeyan was forth coming and responded with all details.

Towards the end, there was a panel discussion. The dignitaries for panel discussion included Mr Deshmukh, Dr. Methekar, Mr Chitale, Dr. Amritkar and Mr. Prabodh Halde, V.P. (AFSTI, Mumbai chapter) The questions ranged from new need of licensing, labelling claims, relabeling procedures, inspections by FSO, import of food ingredients, license by R&D to novel nutraceutical foods.


The packed day program on schedule 4 concluded with special questions and valedictory function. And it was the beginning of preparedness for schedule IV implementation at individual & organisational level.....





From 23/02/2012 To 24/02/2012
‘Panacea 2012 – South Asia’s Int’
Dear All,

Welcome to your September issue of Panacea 2012 – 5th Natural Products Expo India!

India today is one of the richest and diversified countries as far as 'naturals' are concerned, where the demand for naturals is constantly rising. In fact, this market has been growing rapidly in the rest of the sub-continent too.

'Panacea' offers an excellent opportunity to address this growing consciousness for a healthy lifestyle. The '12 expo is not only a privileged platform to stage this demand but a focused endeavor to give it an all new impetus and propel it to greater heights.

Come in Contact with thousands of potential buyers & customers in just three days!

Panacea’ today provides the industry with a genuine & only business platform on ‘All Natural Ingredients & Products’ where suppliers and buyers meet. Held once every two years, Panacea is not only a strategic platform to demonstrate your products, technologies & equipments but is also the sector’s only fair for new markets & target groups. It is the perfect forum for all the latest trends & themes and a perfect place to make contacts & business deals.

The sales potential is huge; this was evident in the ’10 expo and is all set to double in the ’12 expo. We are proud to announce that stall booking has rigorously started and international buyers & delegations have already started confirming. As prime locations are getting booked fast, don't wait for tomorrow to generate revenue.

Details for registration will be displayed soon.