The Goa government will hire an international agency to check fish and ensure that hazardous chemicals like formalin are not used as preservatives, state Food and Drugs Administration Minister Vishwajit Rane said Monday.
"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 Goa from other states," Rane told reporters after the culmination of the meeting.
He informed that the state government 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.
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 preservative in fish has rocked Goa for several months now.
Rane said that unlicensed fish traders will not be allowed to operate in Goa after October 15.
Sardesai alleged that the opposition Congress was creating doubt in the minds of the people about fish being consumed in Goa and added that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had been apprised of the issue.
Parrikar is admitted in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi reportedly for a pancreatic ailment.
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