The government on Monday said the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has added 135 laboratories to existing 51 recognized laboratories to enable exporters have an easy access to the laboratories for testing of exports.

“With this initiative APEDA recognition of laboratories has reached 186 laboratories across the country,” commerce and industry ministry said in a release.

The number of laboratories have increased in states, it said. This includes 35 in Maharashtra, 23 in Gujarat, 10 in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, 23 in Tamil Nadu and 17 in Karnataka. Laboratory testing requirements are crucial in agri export supply chain.

For increasing the laboratory network further, the authority has taken a policy decision to simplify the recognition of labs.

“It has been decided that the laboratories which are NABL accredited will be recognized by APEDA and same will be added in the network of APEDA recognition laboratories,” the ministry said.


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