Union delegation plans to visit Indian groundnut processing plants
A delegation from European Union is expected to visit some groundnut
processing units in Gujarat, the western province of India, in October.
Now, the Government of India is planning to impose more stringent norms for
processing of groundnut in India which export to the member countries of
“Quality norms for groundnut exports for bird feed and human consumption will
be implemented in the country from July. As of now, a technical document has
been cleared,” Mr. S Dave, Director, Agricultural and Processed Food Products
Export Development Authority (APEDA), said.
Recently, European Commission has made some complaints regarding the presence
of aflatoxin, a fungus in the Indian groundnuts, it is learnt.
Mr. Dave said, “Aflatoxin is a common problem in groundnut, which can be
controlled by bringing the moisture level below 7%. Norms are set so that
farmers and exporters take steps to minimize it”.
According to APEDA sources, standards are set for shelling units, processing
units and storage units at harbors. Indian Oilseeds and Produce Export
Promotion Council (IOPEPC) has been authorized to issue quality certificates
for shelling units and storage (at harbors) involved in exports, while APEDA
will certify the processing units.