With the recent ban imposed by EU on export of Indian mangoes and vegetables, German certification major TÜV SÜD’s Bangalore laboratory will now be able to help exporters obtain certificates as prescribed by importing countries as well as Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). This will help businesses improve the acceptability of their consignments globally and reduce the risk of rejection. TÜV SÜD is also approved by APEDA for food safety management system certification. The government has mandated all fruits and vegetable shipments to be screened through APEDA recognised laboratories.
“The temporary ban on Indian mangoes has the potential to impact the growth of the agriculture export sector in India. The months of May and June witness the most number of mango consignments being exported out of the country and we intend to help Indian exporters in every possible way to improve the acceptability of their products globally. We extend the support to pack houses and exporters to comply with the food safety management system practices through our internationally accredited and APEDA approved certification services and state-of-the-art food testing laboratory network,” said Pankaj Jaiminy, AVP, food testing services, TÜV SÜD South Asia.
Some of the tests that will be carried out at this lab include testing of chemical parameters, pesticides and its residues, antibiotics, heavy metals, aflatoxins and microbiological analysis. TÜV SÜD has two more laboratories approved by NABL and FSSAI for testing and performing chemical and microbiological analyses in Mumbai and Gurgaon.