Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CIPHET demonstrate newly invented fish descaling machine & poultry processing table

Ludhiana, December 18:

Around 30 retailers from the poultry and fish sectors here today attended the exposure day organized by the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) to demonstrate newly invented technologies including fish descaling machine, hand tool, fish processing table cum display unit and poultry processing table for poultry and fish retailers at its campus. These technologies have been developed for providing safe and hygienic environment, while providing better quality products for customers.

Notably, in India majority of fish and poultry products, which is more than 90 percent, are consumed directly without processing. "Most of the cutting of meat is done openly and using unhygienic instruments and platform, the present condition is unfavorable for both retailers as well as consumers," said, Dr Nilesh Gaikwad, CIPHET Scientist, who alongwith Dr Tanbir Ahmed developed complete package of technologies for providing safe and affordable processing environment for small and medium retailers.

"We have developed a fish descaling machine, which could remove the scales in less than 40 seconds as compare to conventional unsafe handtool taking more than two minutes," revealed Dr Gaikwad, adding that for very small retailers they have also developed safe handtool for keeping user injury free.

Dr Tanbir Ahmed said that open slaughtering of animals for meat was a big issue of concern for certain sections of the society and also hygiene of the cities. "We have developed stainless steel food grade poultry processing table at just cost of Rs 12 thousand for making entire process very safe and closed from public view". Similarly, another table has been developed for processing of fishes with display unit," he said, adding that meat retailers in future would require to adopt hygienic methods due to stringent safety norms of government of India and competition from MNCs.

Besides presentations, retailers were also given hands-on-practice on newly developed technologies. Dr Suresh Devatkal, Senior Scientist, revealed about vegetable blended meat products and fish transport vehicle developed by the institute. Mr Bhupinder Singh, President Poultry Association, said that adoption of safe and hygienic processing technologies would benefit both poultry industry as well as consumers. He showed interest in buying the technologies developed by the institute.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion Dr S.N Jha, officiating Director CIPHET, said that these technologies would especially benefit the consumers by providing safe and hygienic meat products. Project coordinator (PHT) Dr S.K Nanda, lamented that even today slaughtering of animals were done in open. "The retailers would benefit in long term if they invest some amount in upgrading infrastructure," he said, adding the retailers should also adopt safe and hygenic technologies in interest of the society. Dr P.R. Bhatnagar, Project Coordinator (APA) and senior faculty members of the institute were also present on the occasion.
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