The Mumbai Research Centre of Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin has developed and standardized a novel method for preparing hydroxyapatite (HAP) crystals from fresh water fish scales. Hydroxyapatite and calcium phosphate based biomaterials have attracted considerable interest in the field of tissue engineering. Among the main areas of application of HAP, the most promising areas are orthopedics and orthodontics, where bone tissue has to be replaced, partially or totally. HAP is identified as an ideal raw material for the development of artificial bone implants and bone filling material. Being a high value pharma product extraction of hydroxyapatite from fish scales offer exciting scope for the utilisation of fish waste.
Fish discards like bones and scales are important source of Calcium which has several important functions in human body. The Fish Processing Division of Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin has developed and standardized a low cost method for the extraction of calcium from fish bones. Calcium is extracted from rohu bone by removing protein and fat and encapsulated with supplemented vitamin D. In vivo studies conducted at CIFT in albino rats have shown that fish calcium powder supplemented with vitamin D has improved the absorption and bioavailability. This product from fish bone is a viable and affordable option for dietary calcium supplementation, particularly for the women and aged.
The products were released by ShriSaradPawar, Hon. Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processingon 16 July,2013 during the ICAR Foundation Day Celebrations at New Delhi.
Releasing of the products by Shri. Sharad Pawar