Saturday , 16 February 2019

Formalin-laced fish unsafe, says govt




Secretary for health and commissioner of food safety J Ashok Kumar on Wednesday evening issued a notification stating that the fresh fish treated/ added with formalin/formaldehyde are to be considered as “unsafe food” under Section 3(1)(zz)(v) of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

“Formalin/formaldehyde is not permitted for use in foods as per Food Safety and Standards regulations,” it adds.

The secretary for health and the commissioner of food safety further states in the notification, “It has been brought to my notice that there is a possibility of fish vendors selling fresh fish including crustaceans, which are treated/ added with formalin/ formaldehyde in the wake of ban on fishing imposed in the state of Goa, which will continue till July 31, 2018.”

“Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred under clause (a) of sub-section (2) of Section 30 of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, I, J Ashok Kumar, commissioner of food safety, hereby prohibit the storage, distribution or sale of fresh fish including crustaceans brought from outside the state for consumption in the state of Goa, for a period of 15 (fifteen) days from the date of issue of this notification,” it mentions.


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