Quality control and food safety of fishery products. (Photo: Anfaco/FIS)
Quick techniques for quality control introduced
Friday, September 09, 2011, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
The General Secretariat of Marine Affairs of the Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (MARM) presented to industry members quick techniques for quality control and food safety applied to fishery and aquaculture products.
The presentation was held at the National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish and Shellfish (Anfaco-Cecopesca) during a working day under the 'Plan of Action to check the quality of fishery products'.
The purpose of this plan is to help the Spanish fisheries and aquaculture sector to implement the measures necessary for the overall improvement of quality throughout the production, processing and marketing chain of fishery and aquaculture resources, according to MARM.
The main objective of the workshop was to introduce quick techniques for pollution control, such as dioxins and mercury, among others, affecting fishery products "to ensure consumers their food safety."
The meeting was attended by over 60 people, including food industry professionals interested in learning, deepening and applying innovative and rapid methodologies in their organizations, by representatives of the central and autonomous government, and of producer organizations and industry and laboratory associations and various companies.
Some of the topics discussed were:
- Screening of dioxin;
- PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) and antibiotic residues in some fish products;
- Rapid techniques applied to the control of mercury;
- Application of NIR (near infrared analysis) technique in the quality control of seafood.
The theoretical sessions of the day were conducted by representatives of Arbitral Agri-Food Laboratory from MARM, by the Regional Service of Agri-food R&D from Asturias (Serida), by Dioxin Laboratory from University of A Coruña, by Spain Biomerieux Company and by Anfaco.
By Analia Murias