Nutmeg and Mace Exports – Aflatoxin Test Certificate only from 1 January 2011

[Customs Public Notice No. 116 dated 23rd November 2010]

The following Public Notice was issued by the Commissioner of Customs (Export) Jawaharlal Nehru Custom House on 23rd November 2010.

Sub: Rapid Alert Notification from the EU on Aflatoxin-Mandatory Sampling, Testing & Certification of Nutmeg and mace.

Attention of exporters and other concerned is invited to Spices Board’s Circular No. MD/CHI/02/2009/5065 dated 25.10.2009 making it mandatory that the consignment of Nutmeg and Mace which do not contain aflatoxin beyond the acceptable level will only be permitted at Customs point for export based on the submission of the Cleared analytical report issued by the Spices Board.

2.   However on request of exporters, the matter has been further examined by Spice Board and now it has been decided that the sampling, testing and certification on compliance of aflatoxin levels will be mandatory for export of Nutmeg, Nutmeg products and Mace only from 01.01.2011.

3.   Any difficulty, if faced, in the implementation of this Public Notice may be brought to the notice of the undersigned.

F.No.S/12-Gen- 42/08 AM(X) JNCH