As part of the company’s continuing efforts to provide state-of-the-art testing and inspection services to food producers and exporters throughout South Asia, TÜV SÜD has opened a new food testing laboratory in Vizag, India, which has achieved independent accreditation from International Accreditation Services (IAS), USA.
Located in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, the largest seafood exporting state in the country, Vizag accounts for two-thirds of the total gross domestic product of the state, with the Port of Vizag serving as the fifth busiest port in all of India. Indeed, Vizag’s economic importance to the region was a principle factor in its selection by the Indian government for that country’s SmartCity project, which is intended to drive economic growth and improve quality of life by enabling local development and harnessing advanced technologies.
TÜV SÜD’s new 20,000 sq. ft. facility in Vizag will focus on the testing of seafood, spices and food commodity products, and will address issues related to the management of safety, quality and logistics throughout the supply chain. Additionally, the Vizag facility will offer inspections which include during production (DUPRO) inspection, initial production check (IPC), random final inspection (FRI), hygiene inspection, post shipment inspection, and packaging container and storage checks.
The Vizag testing laboratory is staffed with experienced food safety auditors trained in certification to the leading food safety and quality standards, including BRC, HACCP, ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000.
The IAS accreditation of TÜV SÜD’s Vizag testing laboratory signifies compliance with the ISO/IEC 17025, the international standard that details requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The Vizag laboratory has been approved for microbiological testing of food products such as seafood, meat and poultry products, raw, cooked and ready-to-eat foods, drinking water and fruits. The laboratory is also accredited to conduct wet chemical and analytical testing on seafood, milk and milk products, and spices to identify the presence of harmful contaminants such as antibiotic and pesticide residues and heavy metals.
The Vizag facility is one of the first testing laboratories in India to be accredited by an international accreditation body to conduct testing of perishable and non-perishable food products in accordance with the requirements of ISO 17025.
In a related development, TÜV SÜD’s consumer products testing laboratories in Gurgaon and Bangalore, India have received accreditation from the Export Inspection Council (EIC), enabling those laboratories to conduct quality testing on a variety of food items destined for export around the world. The EIC’s accreditation allows the Gurgaon and Bangalore facilities to conduct chemical and microbiological analysis of fish and fishery products, milk and milk products, fresh fruits and vegetables, cereals and groundnuts, and water.
Located in two of India’s leading food manufacturing centres, EIC’s accreditation of the Gurgaon and Bangalore testing laboratories ensures that their analysis methods meet the predefined standards of importing nations as prescribed by Export Inspection Agencies (EIA). As a result, the laboratories comply with food requirements in the European Union for the analysis of residues and contaminants in food and food products.
TÜV SÜD has a major presence in South Asia, including India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, with more than 30 locations and 16 separate testing laboratories throughout the region. Find out more about TÜV SÜD food safety services in India and South Asia here.