LRQA signs Memorandum of Understanding to promote food safety in India

The Confederation of Indian Industries - Food and Agricultural Centre of Excellence (CII-FACE) and LRQA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly promote food safety and capacity development in the Indian Food Industry.

The MoU was signed on 4th December in the presence of R S Sharma, Lloyd’s Register Chairman for South West Asia and Cor Groenveld, LRQA Global Head of Food Supply Chain Services, against the backdrop of the 8th Annual CII FACE food safety conference which was held in Delhi 3rd - 4th December 2013. 

Krishna Nair, LRQA Business Manager South West Asia commented,   “LRQA’s association with the CII-FACE expresses a mutual commitment from both of our organisations to driving food safety and excellence throughout the Indian food industry, especially amongst the small and medium sized enterprises. The MoU will help our two organisations create, transfer and utilise our collective knowledge and experience for the public good, thereby adding value to society.”

The objectives of the MoU are to:

·         Encourage responsible endorsement of standards and technical regulations based on genuine national concerns
·         Overcome technical barriers to trade through globally recognized conformity assessment systems
·         Build stakeholder consensus in the development of standards and conformance measures

CII and LRQA have agreed to work together in the domains of:

·         Food Safety Management
·         Standards Development
·         Conformity Assessment / Accreditation
·         Organizational Maturity / Benchmarking

Commenting on the agreement, LRQA’s food safety expert Cor Groenveld said; “signing this MOU with CII is a great achievement. The Indian food market is one of the most rapidly growing in the world and this will enable us to jointly support this sector in further developing assurance in food safety, quality and sustainability throughout the food supply chain. "

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded over 116 years ago, it is India's premier business association, with a direct membership of over 8100 organizations from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 90,000 companies from around 400 national and regional sectoral associations.

For more details please contact LRQA India’s S Muthukumar on or +91 8879004829.

About LRQA

LRQA is a member of the Lloyd’s Register Group Limited.  LRQA is a leading independent provider of assurance services including assessment, certification, validation, verification and training across a broad spectrum of standards and schemes. We are recognised by over 50 accreditation bodies and deliver our services to clients in more than 120 countries. Applying our unique assessment methodology - Business Assurance - LRQA turns assessment into a powerful management tool.

By understanding what really matters to your organisation and stakeholders, we help you improve your management system and your business at the same time.

About LR

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, LR now operates across many industry sectors, with over 9000 employees in 78 countries.

LR has a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence.  Our compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable.  Through our Global Technology Centres and research network, LR is at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof our clients’ businesses.