Taking a serious view of the sale of fish infested with maggots at the Curchorem fish market, a team of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) along with officials of the Curchorem Cacora Municipal Council (CCMC) and police conducted a surprise check in the market.
CCMC chief officer Kapil Phadte had sent a letter to the FDA seeking its help in the case. During the check, the said fish vendor claimed that the fish was brought from the Margao fish market.
It may be recalled that on Thursday, a fish vendor was found selling mackerels infested with maggots in the Curchorem market.
Around 40 fish vendors doing business at the Curchorem fish market were also summoned by the chief officer Phadte to the municipal office and warned that any fish vendor found selling rotten fish will be barred from the market. He also asked them not to store fish and other items in the market and to keep it clean.
FDA officials warned fish vendors against preserving fish in ice as there is every possibility of it getting spoilt if not stored under the required temperature. They advised the vendors to sell fish on a day-to-day basis.
The FDA officials further said that so far they have examined more than 200 samples of fish from fish markets across the state, but so far no sample has been found positive for contamination. There will be sudden checks by the FDA officials in fish market in state, they warned.
Meanwhile, CO Phadte informed that he has written a letter to the health officer of Curchorem CHC asking him to depute the sanitary inspector to carry out checks and keep a vigil on the fish vendors who sell rotten fish.