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Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003
Industry & Economy
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HACCP centre Web site launched
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Jan. 6
THE Industries Minister, Mr P.K. Kunhalikkutty, on Monday launched the official Web site and logo for the National Centre for HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) certification set up here as an adjunct to the Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion (K-bip) for facilitating HACCP certification for the food industry.
The National Centre for HACCP Certification (NCHC) is a quality organisation providing professional and cost-effective assessment, training and certification of HACCP, a K-bip spokesman said.
It aims to develop a team of experts specialised in the design, implementation, audit and certification of food safety systems and to ensure compliance with the Codex principles of food hygiene among the small and less-developed food business operations/establishments (SLDBs).
An exclusive Web site, www.haccpindia.org, has been designed and developed for NCHC.
The site provides information on the centre, its objectives and functions, relevance and importance of HACCP concepts, HACCP pre-requisites, compliance formalities, audit, and certification procedure.
The fully interactive site will have updates on international food safety norms, export/import regulations of various countries in the food sector, different types of training programmes conducted and will also carry the online application for HACCP certification.
The Minister also released a CD listing 1,000 viable project ideas for the small-scale sector complied by K-bip.
This is the second CD that the organisation has brought out in recent times and covers a wide spectrum of industry sectors.
It will help all sections of potential and existing entrepreneurs in identifying new projects and investment opportunities, the spokesman said.
The project ideas have been put under 13 categories ranging from food processing to electrical and electronics, plastics and rubber, among others.
It also has a section on the Prime Minister's Rozgar Yojna (PMRY), which lists out ideal PMRY projects for the benefit of aspiring loan applicants.
Furthermore, the CD incorporates an `Entrepreneur's Guide' which details the step-by-step procedures for setting up an industry in the State.
This is expected to be helpful to entrepreneurs as a ready reference material.
It provides information on the various procedures, clearances and licences required for setting up and running SSI units in Kerala.
The required application forms/formats for interaction with the various Government departments/agencies are also available.
In order to create a database on products/manufacturers/exporters of the State, an online facility has been provided through the official Web site of the Department of Industries, www.keralaindustry.org.
The database has been converted into a product directory which is available in the official Web site.
The directory has been classified under 16 categories such as agro-based, biotechnology, herbal and ayurveda, IT and IT-enabled services, metal and mechanical, rubber-based and service-based, among others.
The details get automatically recorded in the database as soon as a registration is done.
The product directory provides on-hand information regarding industrial units, products manufactured and addresses with contact persons, etc.
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