USAID-MSU-IHDA
Three-Day Training Program on Food Safety

02-04 February 2011 - Hotel Accord Metropolitan, Chennai

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)Michigan State University (MSU) – Indian Horticulture Development Alliance (IHDA) is pleased to announce a three day training program on GFSI Intermediate Level Requirements for Food Manufacturers on February 2-4, 2011 at the Hotel Accord Metropolitan in Chennai.

It's a pleasure to inform you that the USAID-MSU- Indian Horticulture Development Alliance (IHDA) is a broad-based and inclusive coalition established to comprehensively address horticulture market development in India. The IHDA will help develop value chains for horticulture products that have high potential for expanded distribution and sales in India's rapidly-evolving food retail sector and high value export markets. The overarching goal of this alliance is to increase profits of producers and processors of selected Indian horticulture commodities. CII is a partner in IHDA.

This training program will mainly focus on Prerequisite Food Safety Programs (e.g. Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Hygiene Practices) and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Food Safety Management System as defined in the Codex Alimentarius Commission's "General Principles for Food Hygiene." The program is specifically designed for food safety managers in food manufacturing facilities who are aspiring to achieve certification against GFSI-benchmarked food safety schemes such as BRC, IFS, SQF, Dutch HACCP and FSSC 22000.

The target audiences for this training program are persons who are principally responsible for compliance with food safety requirements in food manufacturing facilities in food manufacturing sectors like fruits & vegetables, baking and confectionary, dairy, spices, ready to eat foods, frozen foods, etc., and educators/trainers who work with these companies. Please refer to the attached program description for additional information.

The directors of the training program are Dr. Deepa Thigarajan and Dr. Les Bourquin from Michigan State University and Mr. Kevin Swoffer of KPS Resources and Chair of the Global Food Safety Initiative Technical Working Groups. The profiles of these instructors are included in an attached file.

We would request you to nominate potential participants from your organization who have the appropriate experience and job responsibilities for participate in this training program. Individuals who participated in the USAID-MSU-IHDA-sponsored training program on GFSI Basic Level Requirements for Food Manufacturers held in September 2009 are particularly encouraged to participate.

Delegate Fee:
There is no delegate fee for the training programme and the participation is restricted to 70 delegates. We would accept the nominations on first-come-first served basis. The background information and the tentative training schedule are enclosed for your kind reference and use.

We are cordially inviting you to attend / nominate your colleagues for this important training programme. Please confirm your participation/nominations through the attached Registration Form and brief profile at the earliest.

Looking forward to your participation/nominations.

For more details please contact:

G K Moinudeen
Head
Tamil Nadu Technology Development and Promotion Centre
Confederation of Indian Industry
98/1, Velacherry Main Road, Guindy.
Chennai - 600 032

Ph :044 42 444 555 / 530 (D)
Fax : 044 42 444 510
Email: moinudeen@cii.in