Clove Stem is a potential adulterant in clove/clove powder or masala powder
According to a recent notice generated by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the matter regarding standards for Clove Stem is being examined. Taking into consideration that “Clove Stem” is a potential adulterant in clove/clove powder or masala powder, it has been decided that till such time the standards for Clove Stem are notified, it may be considered for testing against safety parameters (Horizontal standards) & volatile oil content on dry basis (half the value of clove, i.e. Not less than 8.5 percent by v/w) as per FSSR 2.9.6(1) which is applicable for cloves as whole.
In view of this, all Authorised officers have been directed to facilitate import of Clove Stem by ensuring compliance to the horizontal safety parameters & half the value of “Volatile Oil Content”, i.e. Not less than 8.5 percent by v/w, as prescribed for cloves (Laung) whole in regulation 2.9.6(1) of FSS (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulation, 2011.