India is one of the largest producers and processors of agricultural commodities, mainly fruits and vegetables. India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world. One type of fruit that has significant potential for increased exports is grapes.
Although grapes (Vitis vinifera) can be grown in various climates, a hot, dry climate is ideal. Indian grapes have a variety of qualities, including coloured, white, seeded, and unseeded berries in both large and small sizes. Indian grapes can be grown successfully at elevations up to 250 metres above sea level.
Fruit and vegetable exports from India are only permitted after producing laboratory test results that adhere to APEDA regulations. Failure in MRL may result in the goods being rejected, costing the dealers money. For all food businesses to maintain food quality and safety, FSSAI has established standards for fruits and vegetables.
Grapes are often grown using pesticides to protect them from pests and diseases, and it is important to ensure that these residues do not exceed safe levels. Therefore, testing grapes is necessary to ensure that grapes are safe for consumption and meet regulatory requirements. This can include testing for pesticides, heavy metals, microbiological contamination, and other factors. Testing laboratories use various methods, such as gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, to accurately measure the levels of contaminants in grapes. At TÜV SÜD, our grapes MRL testing services ensure that the grapes we consume are safe and high-quality.
There are a few different types of testing and inspection services that may be required when exporting grapes across the globe:
The specific requirements for grapes testing and inspection services may vary depending on the importing country.
Grapes Export Procedure
Exporting grapes typically involves the following steps:
Grapes MRL Testing
Grapes MRL (Maximum Residue Limit) testing refers to the process of analysing agricultural products, such as grapes, to determine the levels of pesticides and other chemicals present in the product. This type of testing is often carried out to ensure that the grapes sold for consumption meet regulatory standards and are safe for human consumption.
The MRL is the maximum amount of chemical residue allowed to remain on or in a food or feed product, as established by regulatory agencies. The MRLs are set to ensure that the use of pesticides and other chemicals in food production does not pose a risk to human health.
TÜV SÜD’s range of testing services for grapes exports are delivered through a network of highly sophisticated laboratories with professionals having deep domain knowledge and experience. Our accreditation and approvals:
Major export Destination: Netherlands, Bangladesh, Russia, the U.K., United Arab Emirates, and Germany
• Excellent Z scores in PT participation conducted by NRCG.
• Capacity to test against new molecules - Karanjin and Polyoxin D-Zinc Salt
• Feasibility to analyse Pesticides as per EU, China, Russia, Indonesia, Canada, and Thailand guidelines
• Capacity to analyse more than 3000 grape samples in a season
• Dedicated team of 20 employees working in residue department with dedicated technical and customer support team for handing for reporting and handling GrapeNet
• Reporting as per customer formats
• Support for ERP systems (if any)
• 6 Agmark inspectors with 10 samplers trained by Agmark and NRCG
• Can support for Sampling and AGMARK in Nashik and Sangli
APEDA has approved TÜV SÜD's testing laboratory in Bangalore, India, to conduct quality testing on grape samples and a variety of fruits and vegetables intended for export worldwide. With APEDA approval, TÜV SÜD’s Bangalore laboratory facilities can conduct grapes testing services and chemical and microbiological analyses on fresh fruits and vegetables.
TÜV SÜD is an independent testing organisation that adheres to globally and regionally recognised standards. Our global reach and cutting-edge laboratories, backed up by domain experts, ensure that your grapes are inspected and tested to meet the international and national requirements of the EU and other importing nations.
TÜV SÜD is a leading testing, inspection, and certification service provider with a strong focus on quality and safety. We have a team of experienced and highly trained professionals who can carry out a wide range of testing services, including grape testing. Some potential reasons for choosing TÜV SÜD for grape testing services and grapes export inspection services is because we offer a wide range of grape testing services, including analyses for chemical contaminants, pesticides, pathogens, and other substances. We also provide quality assessments, such as measuring sugar content, pH, and titratable acidity.
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