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Saffron Standard

Saffron Standard

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In Kashmir saffron is marketed in two grades viz lacha (Saffron in Filaments) and mongra (Saffron in cut Filaments). Despite attempts of quality control and standardization, an extensive history of saffron adulteration particularly among the cheapest grades-continues into modern times. Typical methods include mixing in extraneous substances like beets, pomegranate, fibres, red dried silk fibers or the saffron crocus tasteless and odourless yellow stamens. Other methods included dousing saffron fibers with viscid substances like honey or vegetable oil. However powdered saffron is more prone to adulteration with turmeric, paprika and other powders used as diluting fillers. Adulteration can also consist of selling mislabelled mixes of different saffron grades. Thus in India high grade Kashmiri saffron is often sold and mixed with cheaper Iranian imports; these mixes are then marketed as pure Kashmiri saffron, a development that has caused Kashmiri growers much of their income. To ensure safe limits of all constituent as per ISO standards for export promotion establishment of a Saffron Park with NABL accredited Laboratory, Processing unit ,drying unit , packaging unit and e-trading centre is important. The saffron park can serve a model training centre for Hitech saffron processing.

 
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