The laboratory for the quality of fish and fishing products has been operating for over thirty years and specializes in the field of testing fish and sea foods and their products.
The fields of expertise of the laboratory for the quality of fish and fishing products are testing the quality of frozen fish, chilled fish, black caviar, red caviar, preserved fish and canned fish.
At present, following a reorganization process, the laboratory is placed within the department for food testing directed by Professor Stephan Sobek.
The laboratory applies testing and diagnosis methods accepted around the world in order to evaluate the quality of fish and their products. These methods include: organoleptic assessment, biochemical methods, chemical methods and physical methods. The laboratory performs tests in accordance with the requirements of the Public Health Act and the requirements for exportation to the European Union.
The laboratory is certified by the Ministry of Health in the field of testing the quality of fish and fish products, and is a reference laboratory in this field. The laboratory has ISO/IEC 17025 certification.
The laboratory trains municipal veterinary doctors and Ministry of Agriculture doctors who work in fish packaging plants in the field of testing the freshness of frozen fish.
All of the Ministry of Health’s veterinary doctors have been trained and educated in the laboratory.
The director of the laboratory, Dr. V. Drebkin, conducts lectures in various courses on the topic, such as the public health course which is part of the advanced studies for veterinary doctors at the Hebrew University. Dr. V. Drebkin is also a member of the specialist committee for fish preservatives in the Standards Institution of Israel.
The laboratory is certified by the Ministry of Health in the field of testing the quality of fish and fish products, and is a reference laboratory in this field (Rev 3 Fishery Technical paper).
The activity of the Laboratory is also certified by the FAO (International Directory of Fish Technology Institutes).