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Amid formalin scare, Central body to monitor fish quality in

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Amid a controversy over alleged presence of formalin in fish imported in Goa, the fish and other edible products, including milk and fruits, would now be tested by the (EIC) before they are cleared for consumption, a said here Thursday.

The EIC is the Central authority for certification of seafood for export.

said the EIC will do random sampling of fish, milk, fruits and vegetables in the coastal state before certifying them.

The had called upon Union Commerce and against the backdrop of formalin issue.

"The EIC, along with the and Standard Authority of (FSSAI), Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) and Quality Council of (QCI), will establish a for sampling and testing to detect the presence of formalin (a chemical preservative) in fish, which will boost confidence of consumers," Rane told

has witnessed a huge controversy over the alleged presence of formalin in fish imported from other states.

Rane said a state-of-the-art laboratory facility for testing the will come up in which will cover the entire state and region.

Rane and Vijai Sardesai held a meeting on Monday on the issue.

The minister said the QCI has also agreed, subject to requirement by theGovernment of Goa, to launch a mobile food testing lab in the coatal statewith a facility to test formaldehyde (formalin) in fish.

"The proposed will be set up at a cost of Rs 15 crore, which will be borne by the Central government," he said.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 22:15 IST