Piracucu harvesting. (Photo: SEAGRI)
Research laboratories and health certification network
Friday, April 20, 2012, 04:30 (GMT + 9)
The national Government designed the National Network of Laboratories of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Renaqua) in order to provide greater safety in the consumption of fishery resources and byproducts.
According to the Normative Instruction No. 3, published in the Official Journal of the Union, this Network will include the participation of laboratories in public research institutions, training and extension entities, executive bodies of animal health protection of the states, and public and private laboratories interested in obtaining certification.
For the Secretary of Fishing and Aquaculture Monitoring and Control of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA), Américo Ribeiro Tunes, Renaqua will be helpful to:
- Offer positive impact on public health;
- Provide greater safety for consumers of fish and byproducts;
- Avoid environmental and economic damage in production chains of fisheries and aquaculture, through the early detection of diseases.
Furthermore, it will allow the country to have greater autonomy for performing sanitary control of the national aquatic resources, as some of the tests are carried out in institutions abroad.
The capacity to offer certification of fishery and aquaculture products may be extended, and certifications will be essential for farmers and fishermen to be able to export.
The Brazilian Executive also intends to develop technological packages in health for several native species with farming potential such as the pirarucu (paiche), tambaqui (gamitana, cachama) and pacu.
The new regulation highlights the incorporation of two Central Official Laboratories (Aquacen): one of them dedicated to the health of fish, crustaceans and molluscs, and the other one for the analysis of waste and contaminants.
The Network will be completed with Official Laboratories (Laqua), as specialized qualified units, which specialise in specific areas, and accredited laboratories, such as public or private units trained to carry out routine laboratory tests.
According to the MPA general coordinator of Health Fisheries, Eduardo Cunha, in the initial stage of the Network there will be an official laboratory in the Northeast area, others in Santa Catarina and one in Minas Gerais.
Later on, other official and accredited laboratories will join the Network. These laboratories will be related to the diagnosis of aquatic animal diseases and the detection of residual contaminants.
The biological samples examined in the laboratories of Renaqua will belong to MPA and their use will be subject to prior formal authorization.
By Analia Murias