Fish processing plant.
SNI technicians develop project to control contaminants in fish exports
Thursday, February 07, 2019, 21:20 (GMT + 9)
More than 300 seafood companies will be favored by a project for sanitary control and monitoring of pollutants, whose start-up will allow for controls that guarantee sanitary surveillance in terms of contaminants from exports to different countries.
According to SNI, Peruvian exports of fisheries products for direct human consumption generated USD 1.4 billion in 2018. (Photo: PRODUCE)
The program is prepared by technicians of the National Society of Industries (SNI) with the evaluation of the National Fisheries Health Agency (SANIPES), informed the president of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Committee of the organization, Carlos Milanovitch.
The project will control contaminants such as heavy metals, toxins and aromatics, and it will determine what procedure will be followed for their identification, establishing the number of areas that will be controlled, the periodicity and even the appropriate methodology to use.
Peruvian fishing vessels. (Photo: GEC)
Milanovitch indicated that once the project has been completed, SANIPES must evaluate it and, finally, the Program for the National Program of Productive Innovation in Aquaculture and Fisheries (PNIPA) of the Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) must approve it for execution by the health institution and the SNI.
"The purpose of this project is to give more opportunities to our companies (currently there are more than 300 enabled by the SANIPES), introducing them into a competitive market, which allows creating more formal jobs, and generate more income to the country," he explained.
The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and PRODUCE, as members of the Executive Board of Aquaculture, commissioned the project to the SNI.
The industrial entrepreneur said that after permanent meetings with SANIPES, the SNI will present the project later this month.
Exports of direct human consumption
Furthermore, Milanovitch said that the exports of the fisheries sector for direct human consumption closed last year in USD 1.4 billion, which once again shows a "dismal performance" compared to Chile and Ecuador, which export products for human consumption worth USD 6.0 billion and USD 4.0 billion/year, respectively.
"Although these countries have fewer resources than those of the Peruvian sea, their exports triple and quadruple our own; it is assumed that the sector should grow 20 percent per year, but that is not happening," he added.
The spokesman said that in order to improve this situation, competitiveness-promoting legislation should be applied to boost the conditions of this area; specifically, on issues related to delays in the processing of permits, licenses, excessive costs in certifications, among others.