Cashew quality specifications
Cashew, an internationally traded commodity, has different quality specifications followed by various participants of the trade. Though cashew trade involves shipments of both raw cashew nuts and cashew kernels, kernels alone attract more stringent quality specifications. These quality standards for kernels are as fixed by the major producers or as established by the major importers. As the commodity travels widely before reaching the consumers' hands, the differences in standards put in place by the producers and consumers often results in the produce fetching lower prices. Hence, efforts are on to establish global standards for cashew kernels. However, formulation of global cashew standards has still not crossed the initial stages and the conventional practices are still followed.
Here are details on the quality specifications as followed Here are details on the quality specifications as followed by the major producers and consumers. Before ending the section, an attempt has also been made to bring out the similarities and differences among the different quality standards.
The quality specifications for Indian cashews are as specified by the Government of India under the Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act 1963.
The Cashew Export Promotion Council of India (CEPCI) recommends these specifications. Cashews exported from India are generally subjected to voluntary quality control and pre-shipment inspection. Consignment-wise inspection of cashew is usually done by certifying agencies. Export of cashew kernels in value added forms are also usually subjected to voluntary quality control.
Whoever intends to export cashew kernels should submit an application to the quality testing agency or an officer of the Agency authorized in this behalf by the Agency, giving particulars of the consignment intended to be exported. The application should be submitted not less than seven days (15 days in the case of roasted and salted Cashew Kernels) before the date of commencement of loading for export. On receipt of the application, the certifying agency carries out the inspection taking into consideration the quality specifications as given by Export (Quality Control And Inspection) Act 1963, and issues a certificate declaring the consignment as export worthy if the quality specifications are met. The agency may refuse to give the certificate if it finds that the product does not meet necessary quality standards.
Subsequent to certification, the Agency shall have the right to reassess the quality of the consignment at any place of storage, in transit, or at the ports before its actual shipment. In the event of the consignment being found not conforming to the standard specifications at any of these stages, the certificate of inspection originally issued shall be withdrawn.