The Spice Board of India seized a major export consignment of cumin seeds (zeera) of a Gujarat-based firm from Kandla Port after the tests confirmed adulteration.
India is one of the major exporters of cumin in the international market and to maintain the reputation globally, the board had to take stringent steps
“Surveillance sampling and testing conducted by the Board found adulteration in a cumin seed export consignment of 12.5 MTs in a Gujarat-based Exporting Unit. Quality Evaluation Laboratory of the Board at Kandla (Gujarat) reported the presence of 23.33 per cent extraneous matter against maximum limit of 3 per cent in the sample which was a clear indication of adulteration,” the statement from Spice Board of India said.
“The Board informed Food & Drugs Control Administration, Gujarat and the department seized the consignment,” it said.
The name of the firm has not been disclosed by the board.
“We have set up state-of-the-art regional laboratories and are taking stringent measures to monitor the quality of export consignments of spices and stop the adulteration through surveillance sampling at major export centres,” Spices Board Chairman Dr. A. Jayathilak was quoted as saying in the statement.
During April-December 2017, cumin was the second-highest exported spice from India with a volume of 1,04,260 tonnes and fetched Rs 1,761.70 crore.