Himalayan yak gets food animal tag
- The Himalayan yak, a multi-purpose bovine found in high-altitude areas of the Himalayan region, has been designated as a food animal by the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) based on the recommendation from the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD).
- National Research Centre on Yak (NRCY) based in Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh, said his institution had submitted a proposal to the FSSAI in 2021 for considering the yak as a food animal.
- The FSSAI’s recognition will help farmers rear the yak economically and open up several vistas of economic benefits for both farmers and food processors.
- It is a statutory body established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
- Formation – September 5, 2008
- Chairperson – Rajesh Bhusan.