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West Bengal Takes a Bite Out of Seafood Exports with New Fish Testing Lab

In a move to ensure the quality and safety of its seafood exports, the West Bengal government has inaugurated a new state-of-the-art fish testing laboratory at Junput in East Midnapore district. This facility, equipped with advanced equipment and expertise, will help mitigate the problem of export rejections due to pollution concerns.

The new lab comes in response to a recent trend of exported prawn consignments from West Bengal being rejected by foreign countries due to suspected contamination. The facility will play a vital role in ensuring that exported seafood meets international standards, thereby protecting the state’s reputation as a reliable and trustworthy supplier.

As per figures from the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), West Bengal exported 105,080 tonnes of frozen shrimp worth Rs. 5827.61 crore in 2021-22. The total value of marine products exported during the same period amounted to Rs. 6183.09 crore, showcasing the significant contribution of the seafood industry to the state’s economy.

The inauguration of the Junput laboratory signifies a crucial step by the West Bengal government to address quality concerns and support the growth of the seafood export sector. By facilitating timely and accurate testing, the lab will not only enhance the competitiveness of West Bengal’s seafood exports but also contribute to the overall development of the industry, benefiting both exporters and fishermen alike.

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