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New Lab for Meat Quality Testing

by 5m Editor
5 May 2010, at 8:09am

INDIA - The Government is to set up a new laboratory to test the quality of meat and poultry products.

In order to increase exports of meat and poultry products from the country, a quality testing laboratory will be set up in Delhi next month, said Union Food Processing Minister, Subodh Kant Sahai, reports Zee News.

"To facilitate exports, the National Meat and Poultry Processing Board is establishing the first meat and poultry food testing lab in Delhi that will start functioning by June 30," Mr Sahai said at the Board's second national conference in New Delhi.

He also said that at least four more such laboratories will be required in order to facilitate easier quality testing of the products.

Noting that India, which has the largest livestock population in the world (420 million), has only a two per cent share in the global meat market, Mr Sahai said that appropriate measures need to be taken to increase this.

Upgrading slaughter houses, training butchers and arranging for transportation facilities that refrigerate the meat and poultry products from the point of production to supply are needed in order to increase exports, according to Zee News.