CHITIN AND CHITOSAN

CHITIN 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.



In 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.

They are packed in powdered form(25 Kg/bag )or as flakes (15 Kg/bag) in polyethylene bags.



CHITOSAN

Chitosan 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.



USES

Chitin and chitosan find its use in a variety of areas:

Used as a functional food in Japan

Used along with poultry feed

For textile sizing, printing

For manufacturing surgical surfaces

For Water Treatment

For artificial Kidney membranes


For Information Contact:

MANAGER
MATSYAFED CHITIN & CHITOSAN PLANT
NEENDAKARA - KOLLAM
KERALA

Ph: 91 - 476 - 2681750
Email : chitosanplant@rediffmail.com

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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