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Gherkin is a term generally used to refer to a savory pickled cucumber. Pickled variety of gherkins is very popular in Europe and USA. Through better cultivation and processing practices, India has emerged as the origin of the finest gherkins, which are exported to several European countries, USA and Russia.
The industry is currently oriented to two major categories viz. preserved (preserved in vinegar, acetic acid and brine) exported in bulk and ready to eat (preserved in vinegar/brine). Good quality control practices over the final produce ensures the successful production for global markets. These practices include but are not limited to minimal use of pesticides during cultivation, proper sorting and grading of the produce prior to processing and packaging techniques, among several others. The implementation of quality control systems such as HACCP and ISO further support in ensuring the quality of the final products.
TÜV SÜD has a wide facility for assuring safety and quality of gherkins, which includes testing of pesticide residues, microbiological testing, heavy metal testing, general physical quality and chemical tests including permitted additives.
Our capability of testing as per import guidelines of major countries like EU/UK/FDA/USFDA /SFDA ensures compliance to regulatory norms. Our suite of services also include testing for nutritional analysis to meet labelling directives and migration testing for food packing materials as per FDA/EU requirement of packaging material regulations for export.
Further, our prompt and cost-effective third party inspections cover raw material procurement, production, packaging, labelling, loading supervision and supply chain. These services are carried out by our qualified experts to mitigate risks, ensure quality and comply with regulatory requirements.
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