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AP govt to probe formalin residue in fish exports to NE

GUWAHATI, JUL 12 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/13/2018 12:01:10 AM IST
Andhra Pradesh (AP) government has constituted two state-level task forces and nine district-level coastal area inspection teams to examine harmful residue, including formalin, in fishes exported to the North Eastern states, after its chief minister Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to ascertain the facts. 
According to The Assam Tribune, a demi-official letter has already been written to the chief secretaries of the North Eastern states apprising them about the issue. 
A high-level Andhra Pradesh government team is also likely to visit the region to assess the situation. Andhra Pradesh is one of the biggest exporters of fish to Assam and other North Eastern states.
Further, in order to do away with the apprehensions and ensure food safety, the Andhra Pradesh government has also made quality checks mandatory for every consignment before leaving the source of production.
“The fish carrying boxes meant for export will be certified from the government and will be sealed,” informed Ram Shankar Naik, Commissioner of the Andhra Pradesh Fishery Department, while talking to The Assam Tribune.
He, however, stated that not a single case of fish containing formalin has been detected during its ongoing inspection drives in the southern coastal state, but expressed apprehension that the harmful residue might be the result of repackaging en route, probably in the Howrah market in West Bengal.

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