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'Trucks with formalin-laced fish not carrying valid documents'

Rajamanickam said inspections revealed the container trucks were not carrying the relevant documents, which prompted officers to trace the origin of such consignments and their  destination.

Published: 27th June 2018 04:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th June 2018 04:40 AM   |  A+A-

Kerala Swathantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation members protesting in front of the Secretariat against the alleged propaganda of adulterated sale of fish in the state. The members also distributed cooked fish to the public as part of allaying their fears | B P Deepu

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:“The inspections carried out at Amaravila, Punalur, Manjeswaram and Walayar check posts led to the seizure of formalin-laced fish. With such consignments originating from our neighbouring states, we had sent them back and had alerted the respective Food Safety Commissionerates to discard the same. An action-taken report will be sought from them,” the minister said.

Rajamanickam said inspections revealed the container trucks were not carrying the relevant documents, which prompted officers to trace the origin of such consignments and their destination. When asked about this, the minister said the immediate priority is to check the influx of chemically contaminated fish. As the department is moving towards prosecution proceedings, she said, such aspects could be inquired later. “If needed, the assistance of the Police Department will be sought,” said Shylaja.

The Food Safety Department is of the view, once the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology starts introducing the paper strip technology on a larger scale, which is most likely to happen within a month, the general public can check the chemical contamination in fish varieties themselves.



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