Beginning its drive to sniff out the formalin-laced fish that flabbergasted Goans in the recent past, officials of the directorate of food and drugs administrations started conducting spot tests at state borders on the fish brought in trucks in the wee hours of Saturday.
Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said the FDA officials conducted spot tests using the rapid detection kits for adulterants in fresh fish. None of the fish samples were found positive for formaldehyde or any other chemicals, after which trucks were allowed to enter Goa.
The fish samples were drawn from 17 trucks till around 3:20 am – the samples were lifted from 14
trucks at the Polem check-post in South Goa and three trucks at Patradevi in North Goa.
The test kit is developed by the Kerala-based Central Institute of Fisheries Technology.
The 15-day ban on fish imports from outside the state came to an end. The state government has come up with a comprehensive action plan to ensure that quality and safe fish is imported into the state.
The FDA teams will continue to be stationed at the two check-posts for checking the quality of fish brought from outside the state from 12 am to 7 am and 7 am to 3 pm till this month-end.