The Goa government today came up with multiple measures to allay concerns over the quality of fish, a day before the scheduled lifting of the fish import ban which was imposed last month in the wake of formalin scare, says a PTI report.
According to PTI, the departments of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Police and Transport will check trucks carrying fish at the border areas at Polem in south Goa and Patradevi in north Goa.
Under-Secretary, Health (Goa) Maria Seomara deSouza today issued a circular listing out various regulations for fish importers.
The state government had on July 18 banned the import of fish from outside Goa in the wake of reports of presence of formalin, a toxic chemical, in it.
Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane told reporters today that import of fish will resume in the coming days, reports PTI.
“To ensure the availability of safer fish to the consumers, the directorate of FDA in collaboration with the Goa police, Director of Transport and Director of Fisheries will conduct checks on incoming fish-laden trucks at the state borders,” the minister said.
Rane said the fish traders from Goa will have to comply with stringent rules.
“Fish traders have to ensure that they have obtained a licence or registration under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 from the FDA within 15 days from the date of issue of this circular,” he said.
Traders operating from outside Goa who are transporting fish to the coastal state, should avail the license from FDA departments in their respective states.
“The fish should be transported only through the insulated vehicles. After lifting of the ban (tomorrow), the vehicles brought in by traders without the licence will not be allowed to enter Goa,” Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said.
The Goa Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) had last month confirmed the presence of the organic compound formalin in fish imported from other states. But surprisingly, after a Minister spoke to the FDA and made several calls to the CM, within hours further tests denied the present of Formalin and gave the imported consignments a clean chit.
The agency later said the level of the toxic chemical was “on par” with its naturally-occurring levels in the sampled fishes and there was no added amount of it.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had also tried to allay apprehensions over the issue.
However, the government decided to ban import of fish, after the issue was taken up aggressively by the Congress and other parties.
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