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Fish import banned in Meghalaya over presence of formalin in imported fish
Posted on: 24-07-2018 , 08:46:AM | DY365 Bureau

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July 24, 2018: In a recent development, the Meghalaya government on Monday issued an order banning sale of imported fish for a period of 15 days after laboratory tests detected presence of formalin in some imported fish.


Reportedly, the government also warned of imprisonment up to seven years and fine up to Rs 10 lakh under Section 59 (iv) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, in case of non-compliance.
"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 with effect from the date of issue of this notification," Additional Chief Secretary and Food Safety Commissioner PW Ingty said.
As per reports, the order was issued following the receipts of two fish samples which tested positive for presence of formalin. The samples were tested at the Assam-based Public Health Laboratory, Food Safety Deputy Commissioner SN Sangma told PTI.
The two samples tested positive for presence of formalin were taken from Jowai town of West Jaintia Hills district and Nongpoh, the district headquarter of Ri-Bhoi. 
It may be stated that 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.

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