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If you’re thinking about buying Spices chances are you’ve encountered the giant, floating question that is ‘What Is The Best Place To Buy Spices?’.
The reason that question is so giant and floating is that some people – many of whom really should know better – continue to argue that it’s okay to buy uncertified Spices . Even today, I see companies selling uncertified Spices, using the phrase “what are you buying, Spices or a certificate”!
What is a buyer to do?
We know you just want to make the right decision, so we’ve put together this straightforward guide to Spices certification, to help you decide for yourself.
Stay tuned for:
– what a ‘certified Spice’ is and what a Spices certificate does
– why Spices certification even exists
– the differences between certified, non-certified Spices.
What does ‘certified’ mean?
It’s worth hitting the books here if only to underline what an astoundingly important word ‘certified’ is. Freedictionary.org defines it as:
- to confirm formally as true, accurate, or genuine
- to guarantee as meeting a standard
In the case of Spices, being certified means:
- that the spices are verified as being 100% pure.
Can Spices be certified?
Yes, The seller is obliged to tell you if Spices he is selling are certified.
What is a certificate?
A quality certificate that labels a product pure and of necessary quality as per guidelines specified by a governing body. It acts as a third party guarantee for agricultural products consumed in India.
When you buy a certified product you’re also buying the certificate i.e this certification confirms that the product or commodity in the better term is scientifically laid down. It reinforces the quality control and the best hygienic condition of the product.
Why do Spices need to be certified?
In a nutshell, Spice certificates exist to protect you, the buyer. Do you have a local market near your home? This is the best place to find fresh spices. Spices of India have a unique flavour and aroma but unfortunately, we often buy low-quality goods or even cheap imitations. Fake spices are a great danger in the indian spice business. According to research, many spices sold in Indian market are adulterated still fake spices are sold rampantly in the market, to prevent it government of India has laid down certain certifications like FSSAI or Agmark to protect us, the buyer from adulterated goods.
Picture the scene:
SPICES SELLER : This is a high grade quality product.
YOU : Are you sure?
SPICES SELLER: Yes.
YOU: Oh, okay. Here’s my credit card, Mr Seller.
Now let’s imagine that same scene using a certified product:
SPICES SELLER: This is a high grade quality product
YOU : Are you sure?
SPICES SELLER: Yes. And to prove it here is the certificate from a respected independent laboratory.
YOU: Oh, okay. Here’s my credit card, Seller.
Clearly, in the first example, you only have Mr SPICES SELLER Seller’s word that the spices are what he says it is. Even if he’s the most trustworthy retailer in the world, that’s still a lot to ask of you when you’re buying genuine product or just cheap imitations.
The trouble with spices is that, without a certificate, you only have your eyes to rely on – and it is extremely difficult for anyone who isn’t a expert to know the quality, clarity, colour grade by just looking at it. Yet these things dramatically affect the value. Having a certificate to confirm these things protects both you and the seller.
A lot of people see “Agmark certified” or “Certified by Agmark” on a website, description, or catalog, and have no idea what it means.
AGMARK is a quality certificate that labels a product pure and of necessary quality as per guidelines specified by a governing body. It acts as a third party guarantee for agricultural products consumed in India.
What does Agmark certified mean?
Is it a good thing? Bad
Does it really matter?
Should you care?
This certification confirms that the product or commodity in the better term is scientifically laid down. It reinforces the quality control and the best hygienic condition of the food.
so we can say that we can buy spices from anywhere until they are certified.
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