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Goa to hire foreign agency to test fish for chemicals: Rane

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The government will hire an international agency to check fish and ensure that hazardous chemicals like formalin are not used as preservatives, state and Drugs Administration Vishwajit said Monday.

A high level committee comprising Town and Country Planning Vijai Sardesai, Fisheries Vinod Palyekar, besides Rane, met in Margao Monday to discuss the issue.

"There are fears being raised about use of formalin in fish. We have decided to address it by hiring an international agency which will test the fish that is imported in from other states," told reporters after the culmination of the meeting.

He informed that the would finalise the name of the international agency within 24 hours and it would be invited to work along with the state's FDA in this regard.

He said that the decision to invite the international agency was taken after consulting Safety and Standards Authority of (FSSAI).

The FSSAI, a Central body, is responsible for making regulations and setting standards, import of food, notifying labs and ensuring cooperation with the states.

The issue of formalin or formaldehyde, a potential cancer-inducing chemical, as a in fish has rocked Goa for several months now.

said that unlicensed fish traders will not be allowed to operate in Goa after October 15.

and said Monday's meeting discussed measures to ensure highest standards are adopted so as to make fish safe for consumption.

Sardesai alleged that the opposition was creating doubt in the minds of the people about fish being consumed in Goa and added that had been apprised of the issue.

Parrikar is admitted in the All Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi reportedly for a pancreatic ailment.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 16:20 IST