Goa govt. bans import of fish for six months on backdrop of formalin scare

Nov 12, 2018

The Goa government has put a ban on import of fish into the state for six months and this comes against the backdrop of a scare in the coastal state that formalin, a potential cancer-causing chemical, was being used to preserve fish.

Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that its duration could be extended by another six months, if needed, till measures to check the quality of fish are in place in the state. The state government is banning fish imports for the second time this year.

The ban at that time was lifted after the government introduced border checks for trucks bringing fish into Goa.

Rane accused fish-importing traders for failing to comply with guidelines laid down by Goa Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and stressed  that the state government was planning to set up testing laboratories with Central agencies like Quality Council of India, Export Inspection Council and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

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