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Centre to set up lab at Mumbai port to check export of beef

Balyan meets APEDA officials, to monitor functioning of export firms

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2015 3:04 am
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Amid the raging controversy over cow slaughter, the government Tuesday initiated steps to check the illegal export of cow meat. During a meeting between Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Balyan and Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), it was decided to set up a lab at the Mumbai port to test the samples of meat being exported and to closely monitor the functioning of the registered export firms.

Balyan, who expressed the Centre’s helplessness in controlling the slaughter houses across the country as they are under the supervision of the state governments, said it would take all possible steps to check the illegal export of cow meat.

According to him, the fall in meat export, which was 14.7 per cent during April-September, could be due to the Centre’s strict directives to export firms.

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“I cannot say that cow meat is being exported. But I, like many others, have the suspicion because there is an increase in cow thefts in states like Uttar Pradesh. Where have they gone? We are just trying to regularise the
exports,” he said.

The meeting was held in the backdrop of the controversy over the killing of a man in Dadri, following rumours of consumption of beef.

“APEDA officials said there is no illegal export of cow meat as production and exports are strictly monitored through a software ‘Meat Net’. However, it has been decided to set up labs at ports to check illegal export of cow meat,” Balyan said.

Exports are largely undertaken via the Mumbai port, he said.

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    Swadhyay
    Oct 8, 2015 at 12:36 am
    There are millions of non milking old cows left around unattended, govt has no plans for their upkeeping, cow owners don't have money either to maintain them. Instead of dying cruely There is humanly way of doing. Slughter sounds very unpleasant, but at same time so many people are killed or slaughtered in name of religion or riots, car accidents, etc., unless all the animals are taken care, talking care of only one Is hypocracy. You can't stop the w world from eating beef or Meat. Think of vikas, get rid of corruption, stop animals killing other animals.
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    1. Shabih Siddiqui
      Oct 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm
      APEDA officials said there is no illegal export of cow meat as production so there is a legal export .Wow! a tongue in cheek reply!
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        Indiana Jones
        Oct 7, 2015 at 8:35 am
        It appears the government has come into power with a one point agenda, banning beef. Haven't heard leaders talking on developmental issues so vehemently. In our eagerness to venerate the cow, aren't we forgetting our goals and also all other gods?
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          RAJINDIAN
          Oct 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm
          THAT MEANS THAT BJP IS NOT INTERESTED IN BANNING COW SLAUGHTEER IN 10 STATES IN INDIA AND THEY ARE MORE INTERESTED IN DOLLARS. THEY HAVE MAJORITY THEY CAN BAN IT TO SAVE INDIAN HUMANS.
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            shaikh
            Oct 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm
            India is projected to be the largest exporter of beef in the world in 2015 followed by Brazil & Australia. Beef exports in India include carabeef. Four (4) countries are projected to export more than 1 million metric tons of beef in 2015. India, Brazil Australia & the United States. India and Brazil are projected to account for roughly 43% of the world's beef exports. World Rank Country 2015 Change 1 India 2,400,000 23.53% 2 Brazil 2,005,000 19.66% 3 Australia 1,590,000 15.59% 4 United States 1,098,000 10.76% 5 New Zealand 555,000 5.44% 6 Paraguay 440,000 4.31% 7 Canada 375,000 3.68% 8 EU 310,000 3.04% 9 Belarus 225,000 2.21% 10 Mexico 210,000 2.06%
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