MPEDA to issue unique IDs for traceability of marine products to boost exports

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 26-02-2018        Tweet

KOCHI: In a bid to ensure that shrimp and other exportable varieties of fish are free from any trace of banned and unwanted substances, Marine Products Export Development Authority (Mpeda) has developed a GPS-based database of export-oriented aquaculture farms in the Country for their traceability as well as to secure interests of end-consumer besides boost exports.

Under the scheme, Mpeda is enrolling all the farms engaged in production of shrimp, shellfish and other exportable varieties of fish by providing the farmers cards carrying a unique identification number (farm ID) and quick response (QR) code containing basic information about their farms.

Such a measure would go a long way in addressing concerns of USA, Japan and the EU for stringent quality controls over exports of seafood and check traces of banned antibiotics in consignments.