Fish quality control laboratories unveiled

The fishing industry in the country is headed for a bright future with the completion of fish quality control laboratories in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

The laboratories have been fully equipped and placed under a 24 month warranty during which the equipment would be operationalized.

The Fisheries Principal Secretary (PS), Prof. Japheth Ntiba speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday said the national quality laboratories for testing fish and aquaculture products were internationally accredited.

We are delighted to have a world-class laboratory capabilities right here in Kenya that will in the long run strengthen the performance of our products in the global arena, he said.

He said the fish safety testing laboratories with the latest machinery and technically trained staff will be fully functional for chemical and microbiological analysis of water, fish and fish products in the country.

The labs will be testing the quality of fish and fish products meant for the local and international markets as per internationally accepted standards, said Prof. Ntiba while briefing the press at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI).

He said the cutting-edge laboratories constructed with the help of the government of Spain at a cost of Sh. 1 billion will be managed by competent marine scientists and will operate on a 24-hour basis for ‘quality, prompt and efficient services’.

Ntiba observed that the new facilities will enhance market access for Kenyan fish and fisheries products to the national, regional and international markets.

The PS noted that the construction and equipment of the analytical laboratories is an idea that was conceptualized in 2010 when the country suffered fish export ban from the European Union (EU) due to food safety concerns.

This particular ban led to a complete reorganization of the fisheries’ quality control and assurance activities both at government and private sector levels he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency