Prabodh Halde, president AFST Mumbai and head Technical Regulatory at Marico

On 12 and 13 April the UBM organized packaging conference and mini-expo took place at the Leela in Gurgaon. The conference attracted around 180 participants on the first day and somewhat less on the second day with a considerable increase in sponsors and exhibitors. The Innopack conferences are good events with a strong component of business networking and  generally interesting and informative content. With many presentations packed into a short time, the interactive technical and experiential discussions get left out. All speakers including salesmen are treated similarly and discussions with the live and keen to learn audience do not happen. The highlight of the Innopack event this year were the presentations on food safety regulations and compliance by Raghu Guda of i2i Management Consultancy Services and the update pertaining to FSSAI/LM and plastic regulations by Dr Prabodh Halde who is the global head of regulation compliances at Marico. While both presentations covered some of the legacy legislation and standards, the current ecosystem for food processing and packaging regulation dominated by the Food Safety and Standards…

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Naresh Khanna
Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy. Elected vice-president of the International Packaging Press Organization in May 2023.