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Goa govt bans fish imports for 6 months: Minister

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The government Saturday announced a ban on import of fish into the state for six months.

The move comes against the backdrop of a scare in the coastal state that formalin, a potential cancer-causing chemical, was being used to preserved fish.

Health Minister announced the ban Saturday and added 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.

"Till such measures are in place (to test fish), the import of fish into is banned for six months with immediate effect," Rane told reporters.

The is banning fish imports for the second time this year, the earlier one, for fifteen days, having been announced by in July.

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

Rane told reporters that the would set up testing laboratories with Central agencies like Quality Council of India, and and

He accused fish-importing traders of failing to comply with guidelines laid down by (FDA).

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 18:30 IST