Sunday, 29 July 2018

NEPC ENFORCES APPROPRIATE FISH PACKAGING BEFORE EXPORTS

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has insisted on proper packaging for fish exports. http://www.tectono-business.com/2016/02/contemporary-step-by-step-guide-to.html

While stating this during a one-day sensitisation workshop on ‘Best Practices for Fish Processing’, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NEPC, Olusegun Awolowo, said that this would serve to minimise incidents of rejection of Nigerian fish products abroad.

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Awolowo who was represented by the Director, Product Department, NEPC, William Ezeagu, noted that poor packaging posed a challenge for Nigerian exporters, adding that there was a need to adopt appropriate smoking and packaging process for fish and fish products to guard against rejection in the European Union countries.

An assistant director in the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Mrs. Ikenua Ogechukwu, while presenting a paper entitled ‘The Role of NAFDAC in Fish Export’, noted that the agency was interested in the health status of fishes packaged in various ways for commercial purposes, in line with its mission to safeguard public health.

According to her, “Packaging has become indispensible in today’s society. Packaging of fish has become essential tool to preserve fish. Fish and other sea foods are extremely perishable, and are susceptible to both chemical and microbial spoilage during storage and processing. Whatever method is used in packaging fish, the effect of the concept on the final product in a microbiological and non-microbiological status of the fish is a thing of concern. Packaging method chosen has effect on the microbiological safety, sensorial quality, oxidative rancidity and microbiological spoilage of fish products.”

According to Ogechukwu, NAFDAC in fulfilling its mandate undertakes inspection of facilities where fish products are packaged to check for good hygienic practice, and to ensure that critical control points are adequately controlled. http://www.tectono-business.com/2016/02/contemporary-step-by-step-guide-to.html

She said the agency also conducted laboratory testing by drawing samples which were later subjected to chemical and microbiological analyses to ensure fitness and wholesomeness. “At Export Division, health certificates are issued upon satisfactory documentation, inspections and laboratory testing for fish and fish products. So far, export is free in NAFDAC,” she said.

On the general guideline for fish export to the EU, the Director, Eurofish Fishery, Aina Afanasjeva, explained that products exported to the EU must be accompanied by a health certificate. She added that on arrival in the EU, the animal products and the accompanying certificates must be verified and checked by the EU official veterinary experts at a designated Border Inspection Post. http://www.tectono-business.com/2016/02/contemporary-step-by-step-guide-to.html

 She also stressed that the product must have traceability, to guide in tracing and following food, feed and ingredients through all stages of production, processing and distribution. “This is a cornerstone of the EU’s food safety policy,” she noted, adding that traceability was a risk-management tool which allows food business operators or authorities to withdraw or recall products which have been identified as unsafe. (Punch)

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