Over a month after the formalin scare forced the Goa government to stop buying fish from other states, the stalemate ended on Thursday with nine trucks from Karnataka bringing fish into the wholesale market at Margao in south Goa.
The Goa FDA had banned the import of fish from other states on October 29 amid a growing concern over the alleged presence of formalin, a preservative that is believed to be carcinogenic. The FDA had directed the traders to secure a permission from the concerned authorities.
Fish from neighbouring regions is brought into the wholesale market at Margao, from where it is distributed to other parts of Goa.
"The mechanism has been put in place by the FDA to check the food safety standards of fish that is brought into the state," Rane stated.
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumarswamy had recently written to his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar requesting him to withdraw the ban imposed on the import of fish in the state.
Responding to the letter, Rane had said that the ban would continue till traders comply with the FDA directives.
Margao Wholesale Fish Market Association, a body representing fish importers said that they will abide by all the regulations of the FDA.
"We will abide my all the regulations of FDA. We are requesting Goans not to politicize the issue of fish. Whatever queries there are about fish that is imported can be answered by the association," president Ibrahim Maulana said.
He was referring to the campaign launched by the opposition Congress against the import of fish.
Maulana said the FDA should put in place stringent checks at the wholesale fish markets, where it is sold.
"The wholesalers will fully cooperate with the State government in ensuring that the quality fish is provided to the Goans," he said.
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