CHITIN AND CHITOSAN
is a naturally occurring material separated from
the shells of Shrimp, Crab, Squid etc. During
the processing of these species, the shell becomes
a waste and by acid and alkali wash, the adhering
materials are removed so as to separate chitin.
The chitin/chitosan, is further processed by the
users depending on the application.
India the process of separation of Chitin from the crustacean
shell was developed by Central Institute Fisheries Technology.
Matsyafed established a Factory at Kollam in 1988 for
the separation of chitin from crustacean shell. It has
an installed capacity for producing 50 MT of Chitin
in a year.
are packed in powdered form(25 Kg/bag )or as flakes
(15 Kg/bag) in polyethylene bags.
is obtained by refining chitin by above process
and sun dried. Chemically it is an aminopolysaccharide.
Chitosan was first produced in France during 1859
by Prof. Rouget. But commercial production of
this product began only by 1970s. In India commercial
production of chitin started for the first time
by Matsyafed during 1988-89. Chitosan is an internationally
acclaimed natural health care product for cholesterol,
obesity and related health problems.
and chitosan find its use in a variety of areas:
Used as a functional food in Japan
along with poultry feed
textile sizing, printing
manufacturing surgical surfaces
artificial Kidney membranes
For Information Contact:
MATSYAFED CHITIN & CHITOSAN PLANT
NEENDAKARA - KOLLAM
Ph: 91 - 476 - 2681750
Email : email@example.com