India ranks second in global aquaculture production, now the largest exporter of shrimp to the US
29 April 2014: The seafood export industry is showing signs of recovery after initial hiccups in the past few years when the European Union, Japan and US tightened inspection norms for marine products. With seafood exports growing exponentially, there has been an increasing need for third party testing and inspection agencies who can help businesses adhere to stringent import norms. Third party certification and testing agencies such as TUV SUD, who specialise in the seafood sector, have observed a major surge in the number of marine businesses seeking their services, through the past 12 months.
With the government setting up a new breeding centre, tiger shrimp aquaculture in India is set to increase by one lakh tonnes annually with an export value of $1 billion. India’s seafood exports recently crossed the one million tonne mark for the first time in history, clearly indicating calibrated growth of the marine exports in the country. While many factors have contributed to this growth, quality assurance is one aspect that has progressively grown in precedence in the past decade. Seafood exporters are therefore increasingly seeking international third party quality assurance providers to improve the global acceptance of their consignments. US and Japan being the largest importers of Indian shrimps, international third party assurance agencies provide the quality edge to exporters in India. TÜV SÜD’s services have helped seafood exporters minimise the risk of legal penalties and costly product recalls through globally acclaimed quality assurance services.
“Presence of antibiotics and unhygienic breeding conditions are some of the most common reasons for seafood consignments being rejected. Exporters in India are often found grappling with dynamic import norms in various countries, the most recent one being; Japan objecting to the levels of ethoxyquin, an anti-oxidant used as preservative in shrimp feed. Our services help exporters comply with the most updated import norms and thereby reduce the risk of large scale rejection of consignments. Seafood exports have a very strong potential of become huge foreign exchange earners for the country and the growth of our marine business is a testament of the growing seafood export sector in India.” opines Dr. Pankaj Jaiminy, AVP, Food testing Services, TÜV SÜD South Asia.
TÜV SÜD’s wide range of testing (chemical and microbiological), certification and inspection services accredited by FSSAI, DAkkS(Germany ISO/IEC 17021), Saudi Arabia Food and Drug Authority, EIC and BIS help exporters to achieve legal international compliance.
Some of TÜV SÜD’s services include:
- Testing: Proximate analysis, Toxin analysis, water analysis, Histamin, Antibiotic residues, Dyes, Heavy metals
- Certification services: ISO 22000, , HACCP, BRC Global Food Standard, BRC Packaging, Supplier Audit, Traceability certificate based in ISO 22005
- Inspection services: During Production Inspection, Initial Production Check, Final Random Inspection