Ajowan

Commodity Code - 137
Commodity Name - Ajowan Seeds (Whole and powdered)
Commodity Scientific Name - Trachyspermum ammi (L)
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AZAD AJWAIN-1, PANT RUCHIKA

Ajowan seeds (Whole)

  AP I AP II AP III AP IV AP V
Grades Moisture Percent By Mass ( Max) Organic Extraneous Matter Percent By Mass ( Max) Inorganic Extraneous Matter Percent By Mass ( Max) Shrivelled, Immature, Weevilled , Damaged And Discoloured Seeds Percent By Mass (Max) Volatile Oil Ml/100 Gms (Min)
grade I 10 1 0.25 1 3.5
grade II 10 1.5 0.5 1.5 2.5
grade III 11 2 1 2 1.5

General Characteristics:-

Ajowan seeds (Whole) shall be

  1. be the dried ripe fruits of the plant Trachyspermum ammi (L)

  2. taste and smell of ajowan seeds shall be fresh and normally associated with the produce. It shall not give rancid taste and musty odour

  3. be free from visible mould, live insects, any harmful foreign matter, insect infestation, rodent contamination and added colouring matter

  4. comply with the restrictions in regard to aflatoxin content, metallic contaminants, insecticide residue, poisonous metals, crop contaminants, and naturally occuring toxic substances as prescribed under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules 1955 (Note: Since PFA 1955 has been repealed by FSSA 2006, the para may be read as “It shall comply with restrictions in regard to Aflatoxins, Heavy Metals, Insecticide or Pesticide residue, naturally occurring toxic substances, Microbial load or other food safety requirements as specified in the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011 and the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 or any other Regulation notified under the Food Safety and Standards Act,2006 for domestic trade”).

Ajowan Seeds (Powdered)

  AP I AP II AP III AP IV AP V AP VI
Grades Moisture Percent By Mass ( Max) Total Ash On Dry Weight Basis, Percent By Mass (Max) Acid Insoluble Ash On Dry Weight Basis, Percent By Mass (Max) Non Volatile Ether Extract On Dry Weight Basis, Percent By Mass(Min) Crude Fibre On Dry Weight Basis Percent By Mass (Max) Volatile Oil Ml/100 Gms (Min)
grade I 10 7 0.5 20 14 14
grade II 10 8 1 15 18 2
grade III 11 10 1.5 10 20 1

General Characteristics:-

Ajowan Seeds (Powdered)shall be

  1. Ajowan powder shall be the material obtained by grinding the dry, clean, ripe fruits of the plant Trachyspermum ammi (L)

  2. The taste and smell of the powder shall be fresh and normally associated with the product. It shall not give rancid taste and musty odour

  3. The produce shall be free from dirt, mould and insects infestation

  4. It shall also be free from added colouring matter, preservatives and foreign starch

  5. It shall be free from coarse particles and ground to such a fineness that the whole of it passes through 500 micron sieve

  6. It shall comply with the restrictions in regard to aflatoxin content, metallic contaminants, pesticide residue, poisonous metals, crop contaminants and naturally occurring toxic substances as specified under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955.

Ajowan Seed shall be

  1. clean, wholesome, reasonably uniform in size, shape and colour characteristic to the variety

  2. free from obnoxious smell and fungus infestation.

S.no. Tradable parameters Range-1 Range-2 Range-3
A Essential
i Moisture(% by wt) Max 10.0 11.0 11.0
ii Foreign matter (% by wt) Max 1.5 2.0 3.0
iii Weevilled/Damaged/discoloured seeds (% by wt) Max 1.5 2.0 3.0
B Optional (Industrial/Processors)
i Volatile oil % (ml/100 gm) Not less than 1.5

Sampling

  • 5 % or minimum one container shall be randomly selected for sampling

  • 100gm shall be drawn from each selected container and shall be mixed homogenously, called as primary sample.

  • 100gm shall be drawn from primary sample called as Laboratory sample

Definitions

  • Foreign matter includes husk, straws, weed seeds, other inedible grains, metallic pieces, sand, gravel, dirt, pebbles, stones, lumps of earth, clay, mud and animal filth etc.

  • Damaged/Discoloured seeds are sprouted or internally damaged as a result of heat, microbe, moisture or weather and mechanical injury.

  • Weevilled seeds are partially or wholly bored by insects injurious to seed but do not include germ eaten seeds and egg spotted seeds.

Optional parameters are voluntary and may be analyzed as per buyer-seller agreement.

Total Shelf Life - 12 Months

Initial Validity of e NWR - 6 Months

Extension of e NWR Validity - 3 Months

Number of Extensions - 2*3 Months

Weight Tolerance - Loss or gain equivalent to 70% of the decrease or increase in the moisture content during storage