Thursday, July 14, 2005

Ready-to-eat fish for north Indians

Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) now plans to launch Ready-to-eat fish curries in markets across North India as a result of the technology developed by them. In a public-private enterprise, the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) in Cochin — which falls under ICAR — has developed the technology for packaging and processing of the curries. Indian Council for Agriculture Research has commercialised and transferred the technology to M/S. Forstar Insta Foods, Mumbai, with HACCP certification. Today ICAR DG Mangala Rai officially launched the product under the brand name ‘‘Secrets of the Sea’’. The curry would be packaged in flexible heat stable pouches developed by Central Institute of Fisheries Technology and is expected to have a shelf life of one year.