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close this bookHandling, Processing and Marketing of Fish in Bangladesh - Part 1 (NRI)
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View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentGlossary of abbreviations
View the documentMap of Bangladesh showing regions and major cities
View the documentSummary
View the documentSection 1: Introduction
close this folderSection 2: Supply and demand
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View the document2.1 Fish production
View the document2.2 Exploitation of enclosed inland waters
View the document2.3 Species and product form
View the document2.4 Domestic consumption
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View the document2.6 Prices
View the document2.7 Future outlook
close this folderSection 3: The marketing of fish for domestic consumption
View the document3.1 Trade flows
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View the document3.5 Handling and transport
View the document3.6 Losses
View the document3.7 Government intervention in fisheries marketing
View the document3.8 The role of co-operatives in fish marketing
View the document3.9 Conclusions: Market efficiency
close this folderSection 4: The shrimp industry
View the document4.1 Trade flows and intermediaries
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View the document4.3 Handling and processing
View the document4.4 Packaging
View the document4.5 Losses
View the document4.6 Quality control
close this folderSection 5: Conclusions
View the document5.1 Problems of the existing system of marketing
View the document5.2 Possible measures to improve the marketing system
View the document5.3 Benefits from the proposed measures
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close this folderAppendices
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View the documentAppendix A: Source tables
View the documentAppendix B: List of scientific, Bangladeshi and English names of fish, molluscs and crustaceans
View the documentAppendix C: Functions of BFDC
View the documentAppendix D: Physical facilities belonging to BFDC

4.6 Quality control

The situation described above has resulted in a series of missions by international experts and exhortations to establish an effective quality inspection and control service. DOF is responsible for this function through the Fish Inspection and Quality Control Service (IQCS) which issues certificates enabling processors to obtain export licences. It has two laboratories in Chittagong and Khulna, of which only the latter is presently operational. Where IQCS laboratories are not available, products are tested at Amin Agencies (in Chittagong), the Bangladesh Council for Scientific and

Industrial Research (BCSIR, in Dhaka,) and in private laboratories. Inspection consists mainly of microbiological analysis of end-products. Plant inspection is not presently carried out and IQCS has no responsibility for landing places, ice plants or peeling/decapitating establishments outside processing plants. There is also a lack of transport to enable inspections and sampling to be undertaken opportunely.

This system is not really effective, and the Service needs to be expanded in facilities, personnel, training and budget. An international programme of technical assistance has been proposed by FAO. It is expected to be operational by January 1988.

Self-regulation by an industrial body has also been proposed as a means of achieving effective quality control in Bangladesh. In support of this proposal it has been noted that companies' attitudes have evolved greatly since United States blocklisting in 1979, and they are now acutely aware of the importance of quality. However, it may be objected that, in Bangladesh as elsewhere, industry will lack the unity of purpose to work a satisfactorily effective system, in view of which the Government must continue to take primary responsibility for this function. However, were self-regulation to be wholeheartedly supported by the private sector, it would be the better system to adopt.