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Fish stalemate ends: Wholesale trade between Ktk & Goa resumes

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Over a month after the formalin scare forced the government to stop buying fish from other states, the stalemate ended on Thursday with nine trucks from bringing fish into the wholesale market at in south

State Health said, the trucks were given entry only after they were found abiding by all the guidelines laid down by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) department.

"The import of fish into from neighbouring regions can be permitted only after wholesale fish traders are found adhering to the guidelines," he told reporters on Thursday.

The Goa 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 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 will ensure that the wholesale traders follow all the rules and all the stringent measures are in place," the said.

"The mechanism has been put in place by the FDA to check the of fish that is brought into the state," Rane stated.

Besides the import, 10 trucks carrying fish also from Goa left for without facing any hindrance from the neighbouring state, the said.

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.

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," said.

He was referring to the campaign launched by the opposition 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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 15:05 IST