Formalin in fish: Had to intervene as Goans stopped eating fish, says CM Manohar Parrikar

After a raid on outstation fish consignments, Food and Drugs Administration officials last week claimed that formaldehyde, a powerful disinfectant used to preserve corpses, was used to preserve.

Published: 15th July 2018 04:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th July 2018 04:41 PM   |  A+A-

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (File | PTI)

By IANS

PANAJI: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said he had to intervene in the ongoing controversy over the use of formalin in preserving fish, because people in the coastal state have stopped eating fish.

"Yesterday, I was kept quiet. But since fish is a staple food, I had to say that 'Don't worry, I am monitoring myself'. I think that was required, because people stopped eating fish. How can Goans live without fish?" Parrikar queried at a conference here.

After a raid on outstation fish consignments, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials last week claimed that formaldehyde, a powerful disinfectant used to preserve corpses, was used to preserve fish.

The controversy snowballed after Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai tweeted that the fish was fit for consumption, following which the FDA in a statement said that the chemical was "within permissible limits".

Fish markets over the last few days wore a desolate look following the controversy.

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  • Andy

    I'm coming from uk in November for the last time after 28 visits over 24 years. Nothing surprises me anymore about Goa. The fish used to be caught locally and it was plentiful and cheap. Just been to Portugal and by and large it was as cheap as Goa. Alcohol in the bars in Goa is now on par with the uk for spirits . Goa has got so greedy but we're coming one last time to say goodbye to the many locals we've known over the years. Formaldehyde to preserve fish is unbelievable. Tha games up Goa
    4 months ago reply
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