FSSAI Approves Of Mithun Meat From Assam; What Is It, How Is It Unique And More Inside!

A semi-domesticated bovine animal known as the Mithun has recently been approved as a food animal by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Since the first of September 2023, this has been in effect. This animal hails from the northeastern hills of Assam and is now an addition to the plates of non-vegetarians. The meat is known to be unique and low in fat. Here’s more!
FSSAI finally approves Mithun meat from Assam. This approval gives meat lovers the chance to experiment with new flavors and culinary delights, enhancing their culinary excursions.
This opens the door for the Northeast to promote its consumption and commercial rearing. Although the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, and Mizoram have traditionally used this animal in a variety of food cultures, its promotion was not encouraged.
But now that FSSAI has acknowledged it, it will be encouraged to consume its milk and meat.
For meat enthusiasts in India, mithun, a less well-known meat source compared to traditional alternatives, offers a fresh and distinctive flavour profile.
According to Girish Patil, mithun is a healthier choice for people looking for lean protein sources because it has a comparatively low fat level. It also has nutritional significance because it contains important amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that are often present in meat products.
He claimed that mithun meat has a special flavour that sets it apart from other beef and buffalo-type meats. Compared to beef, it is often leaner and a little bit harder.
Girish Patil is the director of the Nagaland-based National Research Centre. According to a 2019 estimate, there are 3.9 lakh Mithun residents in India, with 3.50 lakh living in Arunachal Pradesh alone. In 2017, the NRCM submitted its initial request for FSSAI registration.
The FSSAI’s accreditation, Patil continued, would aid in mithun meat consumption promotion, which would in turn stimulate commercial rearing and provide another source of income for the Northeast.

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