The Goa government has withdrawn the stringent checking of fish brought from outside at the state’s border and instead, will conduct random inspection of the stock in local markets, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said today.
The government had last month ordered strict checking of all consignments at the state’s border following suspicion that the fish brought from outside was laced with formalin, which is a toxic preservative.
However, the government has now withdrawn the “regular checks” on Goa’s border, state Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Minister Vishwajit Rane told reporters.
“Henceforth, random testing will be done regularly in fish markets, restaurants and other places on working days. Besides, surprise checks would be conducted periodically on fish stocks at the state border,” he said.
Rane said a rapid detection test kit, developed by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) at Kochi in association with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), is being used to check the fish samples.
The test is validated and approved by the FSSAI, and it detects formaldehyde lacing on the fish, he said.