Goa lifts ban on fish import; keeps strict vigil on border

It was imposed last month in the wake of formalin scare 

Panaji: The Goa government has lifted the ban on the import of fish from other states, and is keeping a strict vigil on border check posts to ensure consignments entering its territory are free of toxic chemicals. The fish import ban was imposed in Goa last month in the wake of formalin scare and it was lifted on Friday night.

Food and drugs administration minister Vishwajit Rane told PTI that teams of experts from his department thoroughly checked fish-laden trucks that arrived on the Goa border. The teams were stationed at Pollem is South Goa, which borders Karnataka, and Patradevi in North Goa along the Maharashtra border.

They took fish samples from these trucks and did on-the-spot analysis for presence of any harmful chemical. No chemical was found in the fish samples, the official said.

The chemical

It is a toxic chemical. Formalin was applied on fish imported from outside the state as a preservative.

The chemical, harmful for human health, is used to preserve bodies and prevent their decay in mortuaries.

The state govt had banned import of fish on July 18.

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