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Goa traders say import of fish resuming Dec 6, govt stays mum

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

More than a month after the formalin scare forced the government to stop buying fish from other states, a traders' body Wednesday claimed that they will start importing fish from

However, the administration is yet to take a call on allowing import of fish though it had indicated that fish from neighbouring and might be allowed to help small-time fishermen.

"Wholesale traders are in possession of a requisite permission from the (FSSAI) and will carry fish in insulated trucks from tomorrow," said Ibrahim Maulana, president, Fish Market Association (MWFMA), a body of fish importers.

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) banned 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.

"We have applied for the trade licence from the concerned authorities by providing all the required documents. We also have got a permission from the FSSAI. We will transport fish in insulated vehicles," Maulana told

The wholesale traders in would resume their business from Thursday, he said.

When contacted, Wednesday said the is firm on its stand that the traders will have to comply with the guidelines.

"There will be no compromise on the safety standards for fish. I have asked State Health to submit me a detailed report by reviewing the existing situation," he said.

When asked whether the traders would be allowed to import fish, Rane said he would be able to only after going through the report of the

The Tuesday said the government was thinking of relaxing the ban on fish coming from and that are located within the 60-km periphery of the Goa border, to help small-time fishermen who use canoes.

The issue of alleged use of formalin in fish was raised aggressively by the in the monsoon session of the

The import was initially banned for 15 days by Chief in July-August this year, which was lifted subsequently.

However, the ban was reimposed last month by Rane amid a hue and cry generated by the opposition parties on the formalin issue.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 13:40 IST