M’laya bans sale of fish imported from other states

Correspondent Shillong, Jul 23 | Publish Date: 7/24/2018 12:27:32 AM IST
The Meghalaya government on Monday banned sale of iced-packed fish imported from other states after traces of formalin was found in the fishes.
‘’Storage, distribution or sale of fresh fish or crustaceans brought from outside the state is hereby prohibited for a period of 15 days in the interest of public health or till corrective measures are taken in to effect,” Commissioner of Food Safety Peter W Ingty said.
He said the ban on sale of fish came after formalin has been found in two out of 19 samples of imported fishes in Meghalaya.
Formalin is a toxic chemical which is used to preserve bodies and prevent its decay in mortuaries. It is derived from formaldehyde, a potential cancer-inducing chemical.
Ingty said that noncompliance of this order will attract imprisonment up to seven years and fine up to Rs.10 lakh under relevant section of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

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