The government has set up fish safety laboratories in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa in a move meant to ensure Kenyan fish exports attain international safety standards.
Speaking at the launch, Fisheries Principal Secretary Japheth Ntiba said the laboratories would be used for chemical and microbiological analysis of the water, the fish and related products.
He PS believes that the measures will open up previously untapped markets for Kenyan products, adding that the laboratories are internationally accredited.
The labs have been equipped with state of the art technology and the staff trained, with the project costing 1 billion shillings which included support from the government of Spain.
The laboratories would be managed by scientists and operate 24hrs.
“The Kisumu plant will deal with fresh water produce and associated products while the one in Mombasa will handle marine products. The Nairobi center will include training facilities and the national operation center.” PS Ntiba says
In 2010, Kenya’s fishing industry suffered a major blow after the European Union banned all Kenyan fish products over safety concerns. The ban triggered a reorganization of the fisheries quality control and assurance processes in government and private sector operations.