A state of the art laboratory to check traces of antibiotics in shrimps and other marine products was formally launched in Bhubaneswar. The center has been set up to address concerns of USA, Japan and the European Union (EU) for stringent quality controls over exports of seafood from India.
Set up by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), the QC laboratory at Nayapally in Bhubaneswar, the fifth to be set up in the country, is fully equipped to check presence of Chloramphenicol and Nitrofuran, the two banned antibiotics for which importers in USA and Japan have particularly insisted for analysis.Dr. Gagan Kumar Dhal, IAS, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Govt. of Odisha said on the occasion, “By setting up its laboratory in Odisha, MPEDA has met a longstanding demand from the seafood exporters,” he said, adding: “Our seafood exporters have set global benchmarks. We must follow this benchmark which is going to lead the seafood sector in the next few decades.”