Kandla gets Quality Evaluation Lab of Spices Board

State-of-the-art facility to help exporters meet global quality standards

Ahmedabad, May 3: Spices Board has set up a state-of-the-art Quality Evaluation Laboratory (QEL) at the Kandla Port in Gujarat to help exporters and customers ensure that their products meet international standards.


The laboratory is the seventh such facility established by the Spices Board across India and has the latest machinery and equipment to test a range of parameters in spice and spice products.


The QEL is being inaugurated tomorrow (Wednesday, May 4).


It has been set up over 40 cents (approx. 1,618 sq m) of land allotted by the Kandla Port Trust, at a cost of Rs 9.9 crores with central government support of Rs 4.98 crores under the Assistance to States for Infrastructure Development of Exports (ASIDE) scheme.


"Our long-term vision is to earn India the status of an international processing hub and premier supplier of clean, safe and value added spices and herbs to the industrial, retail, and food service segments of the global spices market," said Dr A Jayathilak, Chairman, Spices Board. 


"Ensuring that the quality of spices and spice products meet global standards is of vital importance, which is why we have prioritised setting up of these laboratories at all the major producing/exporting centres in the country," he added.


Dr Jayathilak said the new QEL will serve exporters and customers in the Unjha/Kandla region.


The first Quality Evaluation Laboratory of Spices Board was established in 1989 in Kochi. Regional Quality Evaluation laboratories have since been set up at major production and export centres including Mumbai (2008), Guntur (2010), Chennai (2011), New Delhi (2012) and Tuticorin (2013).

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