TESTING & CERTIFICATION

Head : Ganesh Ramamurthi

Testing & Certification Services started in 2005 under the brand name “CommGrade”. It provides Inspection & Testing of Food, Agricultural and allied products. It has a network of 32 locations where Quality Control Activities take place. There are 8 network labs supporting the central laboratory at Hyderabad. It supports and serves Farmers, Traders, Manufacturers, Exporters, Importers, Consumers and Government institutions. 

Introduction

NCML-CommGrade provides wide array of services to cater to the needs of different stake holders in the food, agriculture and commodity sector. A network of laboratories PAN India covering 12 states has been established. The laboratory complies with the requirement of the standard ISO 17025:2005 and the central lab at Hyderabad is duly accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories. The laboratory is also recognized by Food Safety and Standards Authority, Bureau of Indian Standards and Department of Marketing and Inspections, Government of India.

Services are also provided to food and agri-commodity exporters as per the requirement of the importing countries as regulated by Agriculture and Processed Food Export Development Agency-APEDA and Export Inspection Council-EIC.

The laboratory also fulfils the requirements agri-sector for testing Soil and irrigation water. With Digital India being popularized and ‘Outcry’ auctions being outdated, eMandi’s are coming of age. Testing of commodity to assure the virtual buyers is a need felt which we are fulfilling. We have positioned our ‘Lab on Field’ at several locations in Karnataka as service providers to Rashtriya eMandi Services and also as a part of ‘World Bank Project’ on Maharashtra Agriculture Competitiveness Program”.

For the last decade we have been providing testing services for more than dozen commodities across 40-50 delivery centres for the largest commodity exchange National Commodities and Derivatives Exchange. Brand NCML-CommGrade has created a reputation for itself amongst the commodity traders, who can rest assured, be satisfied with stocks delivered to them which is ‘CommGraded’. Similarly, we also work closely with National eMarket Services the Spot Exchange arm of NCDEX.

For the farming community the greatest asset is their ‘Produce’. Agricultural Commodities are pledged as collaterals for seeking loans from the banks. We provide services to the bank in ascertaining the quality, quantity and value of the stocks to enable them to pledge the stocks and fund.

We serve government institutions which are involved in procurement, storage, distribution of food grains in grading the quality of stocks being procured as per the ‘Fair Average Quality’ specifications. The major institutions served include national marketing federations, State marketing federation, State warehousing corporations, Food and Civil supplies corporation. We have more than 100 SatLabs spread across the country.

We provide specific and focused services to Food process industry which apart from analytical testing services as per FSSAI also includes Inspections, Audit, Training and consultancy.

For domestic and cross border traders we provide survey, inspection and procurement testing services both at the ports and hinterland. Draft Survey, supervision of standardization, rake loading and unloading supervision which includes quality and quantity inspection and supervision.

Skilled and trained manpower adorn the portals of NCML-CommGrade. We have qualified and trained technical staff to handle the specialized requirement of testing, inspection, survey and audits.

NCMSL-CommGrade is committed to meet the customer and the applicable regulatory requirements in the Testing services of Water, Food, Agricultural products and soil through developing human resources, applying the best technologies, making the Laboratory personnel familiarise with the quality documentation and to implement the policies and procedures in their work, continually improving quality management system and processes to comply with the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard

  • Organizing at least two days of training per year for technical personnel
  • Quarterly updation of test methods and building test suites as per customer requirements
  • Achieving Turn-around-time up to 96%
  • Ensuring the reliability of test results
 

Testing Services

  • Residual Pesticides (GC-MS/MS & LC-MS/MS ):
    • Organo – chlorine, Organo – Phosphorous, Organo – Nitrogen group of pesticide residues, Synthetic Pyrithriods, Carbamates, Conazoles, Dicarboximides, Imidazoles, Fungicides, Fumigants,
    • ETO Sterilization Residues (EO, EG & ECH) PCBs, Dioxins and Furans etc.
  • Residual Drugs /Antibiotics (LC-MS/MS):
    • Sulfonamides, Nitrofurans including metabolites, Macrolides, Tetracycline’s and Chlorophenicol
  • Color Contaminants (LC-MS/MS):
    • Sudan I, II, III and IV
  • Mycotoxins & Natural Toxins (HPLC/LC-MS/MS):
    • Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2, Aflatoxin M1 and Ochrotoxin A
  • Melamine Testing by LC-MS/MS
  • Microbiological tests:
    • Yeast & Molds, E. Coli, Coliforms, Salmonella, Shigella, Clostridium Spp, TPC etc.
  • Toxic Elements & Minerals (AAS/ICP):
    • Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury, Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Iron etc.
  • Nutritional Labeling
  • Physico-chemical tests:
  • Fatty acid profile & Cholesterol (GC)
  • Vitamins, Amino Acid profile & Antioxidants (HPLC)
 

Inspection Services

  • Agri Commodities- Raw Materials and Finished Products.
    • Sampling of commodities at different locations across the country
    • On-Site Verification of Quality and Quantity
    • Verification of Storage Facilities
    • Quality Monitoring of Stored Products
    • Vendor Identification and Evaluation
    • Inspection of Vendor Supplies
    • Food Hygiene Audit
    • Pre & Post shipment inspection
    • Inspection during production (Online processing inspection)
    • Quantity inspection and sampling
    • Container Stuffing and Sealing
    • Loading / Unloading supervision of Trucks, Trolies, Containers, Rake and Vessel.
    • Dispatch operations
    • Procurement inspection & testing
    • Quality testing and analyses of product as per country’s specific standards/international standards/contractual specifications
    • Consignment Certification as per country’s specific standards contractual specifications
  • Port Based Services
    • Survey, Inspection, Supervision and Monitoring Services at Seaports to the Shipping Fraternity and the Importers/Exporters
    • Physical/Visual Quality Assessment and Quantification for the inbound and outbound cargo.
    • Vessel related activity for bulk, liquid, container and general cargo.
    • Extensive exposure to Fertilisers, Edible oils, Chemicals and Agri Commodities.
    • Port related activity not limited to Wharfs, Shore Tanks, Warehouse, Open Yards etc.,
    • Supervising and Monitoring Standardisation and Despatches of Cargo as per contractual specifications.
    • Road and Rake despatches-monitoring of.
    • Supervision of Loading/Unloading of Rake, Trucks or Containers at the Ex-Port inland destinations like Rake Points, Production sites or Multi Modal Terminals across the country.
    • Report generation at various stages of the operations.
    • Activities, Live Contracts in the last 5 years in the Ports of Mundra, Mangalore, Krishnapatnam, Kakinada, Kandla, Gangavaram, Vishakapatnam, JNPT to name a few.
 

Research, Consultancy, Training and Knowledge based Services

For Food industry, Academic institutes, Universities, Colleges and other related Government and Non government organizations.

Our R&D division is working on the following areas:

  • Development and validation of novel analytical method for the analysis of organic pollutants in food and water samples.
  • Shelf Life Studies and optimal conditions for storage of grains
  • New product development studies etc.
  • Development of automated instruments for increasing throughput for physical testing of grains and spices in conjunction with C-DAC

As a product, we also provide ‘Training Services’. Training for the different segments of Food Business operations, viz., Storage and Preservation of commodities, Hygiene practices to be followed during food processing, Food handling and Good Hygiene practices. We also offer a Post Graduate Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management offered by Indira Gandhi National Open University. In association with International Crop Research Centre for Semi-arid tropics we have trained more than 50 trainees from 20 different Afro-Asian countries as part of IAFS-II Knowledge and skill development of Food Testing Laboratory Personnel from African Countries.

We offer consultancy to food business operators in identifying their process and training needs to comply with statutory requirement such as FSSAI and BIS.

While, we are a commercial test house, we have also embarked on specific identified areas of research. We work closely with C-DAC, Centre for Development of Advanced Computers, Kolkotta and ICRISAT – International Centre for Semi-arid Tropics, Hyderabad.

Following are the broad group of products that are tested with strict adherence.

 

Water Industry

NCML’s water testing laboratory is BIS approved facility having capability to handle high volume of samples and provide accurate and timely results. This lab is managed by highly trained professionals and having state of the art instrumentation. We are offering testing services to all the concerned industries with water usage and water quality ex. packaged drinking water manufacturing companies, food processing companies, fisheries, hospitality, healthcare, agriculture and other food and beverage processing units etc. We provide customized solutions to meet the regulatory and statutory requirements of all the above industries.

Types of Water We Are Testing

  • Water for food processing as per IS – 4251
  • Raw water
  • Water for basic potability
  • Portable drinking water as per IS-10500
  • Packaged drinking water as per IS-14543
  • Packaged natural mineral water as per IS – 13428
  • Water for Construction as per IS-456
  • Water for Swimming pool as per IS-3328
  • Water for Boiler IS 10496
  • Water for Irrigation IS-11624
  • Water for Industrial cooling as per IS-8188
  • Water purifier for efficacy test.

Parameters Tested

  • Hysicochemical analysis and organoleptic tests
  • Pesticide residues
  • Microbiological analysis
  • Toxic metals
  • Efficacy of water purifier

 

Tea Industry

We are doing the analysis of tea for Nutritional labeling and proximate analysis, we are also offering the testing of adulterants, Pesticides residues, Toxins, Heavy metals and Microbiological analysis etc. We are offering the analysis of all the related products as per Indian (FSSAI) and International (Export market) testing requirements.

Products we Test

  • Finished products
  • Raw Material
  • Tea based beverages

Parameters Tested

  • Physical and chemical parameters
  • Nutritional Labeling & Proximate analysis
  • Mycotoxins (Aflatoxins and Ochratoxins)
  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides Residues
  • Microbiological analysis
  • Country specific analysis for export
  • Water analysis as per IS-10500, IS-4251
  • Tea analysis as per FSSAI/PFA

 

Egg and Poultry Industry

We are doing the analysis of residues of antibiotics, growth hormones and other drugs residue in Egg, Feed and Live stock including compounds banned from use in live stock production. We are also offering the analysis of all the parameter as per EIC (Export Inspection Council) RMP for egg products, poultry meat and poultry meat products.

Products We Test

  • Egg and egg products
  • Raw chicken
  • Processed/Semi processed chicken
  • Water as per FSSAI, IS-4251
  • Poultry feed, tissue, body fluid, excreta
  • Feed water

Parameters Tested

  • Nutritional Labeling & proximate analysis
  • Mycotoxins (Aflatoxin, T2 Toxin and Ochratoxins etc)
  • Antibiotics
  • Microbiological analysis
  • Heavy metals

 

Sea Food Industry

India has been exporting sea food for well over 50 year. The main exports include shrimp, fish, cuttlefish and crabs etc. The major importing countries for these products are Vietnam, Japan, USA and European Countries. We are offering country specific testing services for Exports to these countries adhering to region/country specific guideline/regulations like EU, USFDA etc.

Products Tested

  • Fish, Shrimp/Prawn, Crab and other sea foods
  • Raw material
  • Semi processed and processed food
  • Water analysis

Parameters Tested

  • Physical and chemical analysis
  • Nutritional Labeling and proximate analysis
  • Antibiotics Residues
  • Microbiological analysis
  • Heavy metals
  • Methyl mercury
  • Country specific analysis for exports
  • Water analysis as per IS – 10500, IS – 4251

 

Ready to Eat Food Industry and Food Retail Chain

At NCML, We offer comprehensive food safety services to Ready to eat Food industry and Food retail chains, right from vendor inspection/audits to raw material testing, finished products testing, water and other beverages testing and kitchen inspections/audits etc to ensure ready to eat/Food retail chains serve safe food to their customers.

Products Tested

  • Raw material
  • Finished products
  • Kitchen inspection and swab test
  • Water and other beverages analysis
  • Air sampling for microbiological examinatio.

Parameters Tested

  • Physical and chemical analysis
  • Nutritional and proximate analysis
  • Mycotoxins (Aflatoxins and Ochratoxins)
  • Pesticides
  • Antibiotics
  • Heavy metals
  • Water analysis as per IS-10500, IS – 4251

 

Hotels

At NCML, We are offering full range of testing services for Star Hotels which includes raw material, finished products, water and other beverages, Kitchen inspection/ audits, Vendor audits/inspection, Air quality testing etc We also conduct microbial swab analysis for different areas to ensure safety and also helps in maintaining a clean and sanitized environment for food preparation and storage.

Products Tested

  • Raw material
  • Finished product
  • Kitchen inspection and swab test
  • Water analysis & other beverages analysis
  • Air sampling for microbiological examination

Parameters Tested

  • Physical and chemical analysis
  • Proximate analysis
  • Mycotoxins (Aflatoxins and Ochratoxins)
  • Pesticides
  • Antibiotics
  • Microbiological analysis
  • Heavy metals
  • Water analysis as per FSSAI
  • Water analysis as per IS – 10500
  • Water for Swimming pool as per IS – 3328
  • Packaged drinking water as per IS – 14543

 

Retail Chains – Super & Hyper Stores

NCML is offering range of Analytical testing services for Retail chains for ex – testing of raw material, finished products, packaging materials, nutritional labeling and other parameters like Physical & chemical analysis, Not’s, Shelf life studies, residues of pesticides, mycotoxins, heavy metals, microbiological analysis etc. We are doing the analysis of all the products as per FSSAI or basing on customers specifications. We are also doing range of pesticides analysis for organic products.

Products We Are Testing

  • Raw Material
  • Finished Produts
  • Oils
  • Milk & Dairy products
  • Ready to eat foods
  • Ready mix
  • Water
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Spices & Condiments
  • Bakery & Confectioneries
  • Beverages (Juices, Soft drinks, Energy drinks etc)
  • Meat and Meat products
  • Snacks & Savories
  • Dry fruits & Nuts
  • Sea foods etc
  • Private labels

Parameters To Be Tested

  • Physical and chemical analysis
  • Nutritional labeling & Proximate analysis
  • Mycotoxins (Aflatoxin and Ochratoxin)
  • NOT’s
  • Pesticides
  • Heavy metals
  • Microbiological analysis
  • Packaged drinking water as per IS -14543
  • Natural mineral water as per IS - 13428

 

Training for Students and Industry Professionals

Industries like, Food processing , Pharmaceutical Research Organizations, Commercial labs, Agrochemical Industries, Biotech Companies and other allied industries seek candidates having practical exposure to handle and operate high end sophisticated instruments like, HPLC, GC-MS/MS, LC-MS/MS, ICP-OES, AAS etc. NCML is housing all these latest instruments and offering well designed courses for students and Industry professionals to have hands on real time experience in handling these sophisticated hi end instruments.

NCML provides the training in the following areas

  • Techniques and applications of Microbiological analysis:
  • Fundamentals of Food Microbiology
  • Analytical Techniques in Microbiology
  • Isolation and Identification Techniques of Food pathogens
  • Regulatory guidelines
  • Techniques and applications of Food analysis.
  • Instrumentation Technique’s (HPLC, GC, ICP-OES, AAS)
  • Analysis of Food products – 1 (Proximate, Mineral analysis and Vitamins)
  • Analysis of Food products – 2 (Fatty acid profiling, Amino acid profiling)
  • Techniques and applications of Food analysis.
  • Techniques and applications of Residue analysis.
  • Introduction to Pesticides and Toxicology
  • Introduction to Gas chromatography Mass spectrometry - GC-MS/MS
  • Introduction to Liquid chromatography Mass spectrometry – LC-MS/MS
  • Sample preparation – Liquid-liquid extraction, Quechers method.
  • Sample cleanup procedure, Solid phase clean up.
  • Method Validation, Calibration range, Precision, Accuracy, Matrix effect, Measurement uncertainty
  • Loading sample and processing data, calculations and regulatory guidelines

Presently NCML-CommGrade is accredited by NABL for complying with the ISO 17025:2005 standard both in biological testing and chemical testing. It is also recognized by APEDA, BIS, DMI, EIC, FSSAI and NCDEX as per details appended below:

 

Hyderabad

Telangana

Srinivas Prathipati

  • Team Towers, 4th Floor,
  • Plot No.A-1/2/A,
  • Industrial Park, IDA-Uppal,
  • Hyderabad - 500 039
  • 040-66374703
  • 09347782508
  • srinivas.p@ncml.com

Kurnool

Andhra Pradesh

J Suryanarayana

  • No.6, 3rd Floor,
  • Ucon Shoppe,Opp APSRTC Bus Stand,
  • Kurnool -518 003
  • 040-66374733
  • 09347782503
  • suryanarayana.j@ncml.com
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Davangere

Karnataka

Somanath Kumar

  • C/O, B.K. Basavalingappa & Sons,
  • Door No:1131 /1, B Block,
  • APMC Yard, Davangere - 577003
  • 09880315685
  • somanath.ku@ncml.com
  • CommGrade@ncml.com
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Coimbatore

Tamil Nadu

Patrick P D

  • 5th Floor, Classic Tower, 1547,
  • Door No.103, Near Government Hospital,
  • Trichy Road, Coimbatore - 641018
  • 09894096528
  • patrick.pd@ncml.com
  • CommGrade@ncml.com
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Kochi

Kerala

Wilson C S

  • 288(1), Thoppukadavu Byelane-1,
  • Periyar Gardens-GCDA,
  • Seminaripaddy Jn, NH-47
  • Aluva - 683 108
  • 0484-3277180
  • 09387759961
  • wilson.s@ncml.com

Jodhpur

Rajasthan

Shrawan Ram

  • Plot No.F-237, Behind Water
  • Supply Campus, Agro Foof
  • Park Boranada,
  • Jodhpur- 342001
  • 0291–2511433
  • 09829049760
  • shrawan.r@ncml.com

Jaipur

Rajasthan

Gautam Vashistha

  • Plot No.A 5A,Parivahan Nagar,
  • Nearby Naman Bright Academy, Khatipura
  • Jaipur - 302021
  • 0141 2359644
  • 09983799988
  • gautam.v@ncml.com
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Kota

Rajasthan

Mrs. Savitri Parashar

  • Behind Shiv Edible Oil, Agro Food
  • Park (Ranpur), RIICO Industrial Area,
  • Ranpur, Kota - 352003
  • 0744-2845045
  • 9509734408
  • savitri.p@ncml.com
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Alwar

Rajasthan

Manoj Kumar

  • Opposite Speciality Silica, Near Ashok
  • leyland, Matsya Industrial Area (MIA)
  • Alwar - 301001
  • 144-2881191
  • 09024814264
  • ku.manoj@ncml.com
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Sri Ganganaga

Rajasthan

Gautam Vashistha

  • Water supply complex, RIICO Agro
  • Food Park, Phase II Udyog Vihar,
  • Sri Gangangar - 335001
  • 0141 2359644
  • 09983799988
  • gautam.v@ncml.com
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Unjha

Gujarat

Chitaranjan Pattanayak

  • Shop No.3&4,Umiya Complex,
  • Nr. Fire Station,
  • Unjha-Mehsana Highway
  • Unava - 384 170
  • 02767-324727
  • 09377856959
  • chitaranjan.p@ncml.com

Gandhidham

Gujarat

 Gurumurthy Konda

  • Plot No.343, Sector 1-A,
  • Near Oslo Circle ,
  • Kutch -370 201
  • 02767-324727
  • 09377856959
  • gurumurthy.k@ncml.com
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Indore

Madhya Pradesh

Abhishek P Jain

  • c/o Rakesh Vyas, 128-A, Bina Nagar,
  • Nx Prime City,Opp R B Petrol Pump,
  • Nr 22 Meet Point, Sukhaliya Road,
  • Indore - 452001
  • 0731-4245495
  • 09669936559
  • abhishek.ja@ncml.com

Karnal

Haryana

Rajendra Kumar

  • SCO 11, 1st Floor,
  • Sector 8, Huda
  • Karnal - 132001
  • 0184–3200942
  • 09315101586
  • rajender.k@ncml.com
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Gulabbag

Bihar

Abhay Prakash

  • C/O Dr. P K Choudhary Godown,
  • Gunda Chock, Chandan Nagar,
  • Gulabbag, Purnia -854301
  • 7301446474
  • abhay.pra@ncml.com
  • commGrade@ncml.com
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Did you know?

CommGrade - The Testing & Certification arm of NCML handled the largest number of agro – commodity samples in the last three years.

Team

Skilled, Trained, Dedicated and Knowledgeable professionals with right "Attitude" adore the potals of "CommGrade". It is composed of a mix of employees with strong analytical skills in the following fields: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Food Technology and Management.

For further queries, please feel free to contact us at services@ncml.com