Panaji: The Quality Council of India (QCI) will finally start testing fish samples from the trucks arriving at the state borders from the neighbouring states from Saturday onwards.
Secretary, Health, J Ashok Kumar on Friday said that the required infrastructure has been put in place at the Patradevi check-post in North Goa and Polem check-post in South Goa for the QCI to carry out the testing of fish samples.
“As per the assurance that was given by the Chief Minister in the last week, we will be having checks by QCI from tomorrow and both the check-posts will be manned by QCI. All the vehicles carrying imported fish will be checked and only if a vehicle is found to pass the test will it be allowed to enter the state,” said Kumar on the sidelines of a function held in Panaji to commemorate World Food Safety Day.
He said that the QCI will primarily focus on spot tests on fish at the check-posts as an interim measure and the Export Inspection Agency (EIA) will take over once it sets up its base in Margao.
“EIA, in the next few months, will set up a full-fledged laboratory at the South Goa Planning and Development Authority market complex in Margao for carrying out independent testing of fish and other food items. The work for renovating and upgrading the allotted premises will soon be undertaken by the Central Public Works Department of India,” he said.
Kumar further said that efforts have been put in by the State Food and Drugs Administration to detect the added formaldehyde by the fish traders and claimed that the FDA and the health department are doing their best to ensure that safe fish is provided to the people of Goa.