GA-FISH-SARDESAIPTI | Panaji | Updated: 03-11-2018 16:41 IST | Created: 03-11-2018 16:41 IST
Goa will not bow to pressure from
anybody on the issue of testing fish for the presence of
formalin, state Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai said
He was reacting to a reported statement by a
Maharashtra politician allegedly threatening to stop vehicles
from Goa from entering Sindhudurg district if Goa does not
allow fish-carrying trucks from Maharashtra to enter.
In the wake of fears that fish being brought into the
state was laced with formalin, a potential cancer causing
chemical, Goa Food and Drugs Administration has imposed
stringent conditions, including testing, on fish trucks coming
from outside the state.
The Goa FDA has also made it mandatory for fish
traders to have a licence to import fish.
"We cannot be deterred by threats or pressure tactics
from anybody within or outside Goa. The people of Goa demand
the best quality of food and the state government has to
respect that," said Sardesai.
He praised the regulatory mechanism set in place by
the FDA to check fish-laden trucks entering the state and said
Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, under whose ministry the
FDA operates, had taken a proactive decision in this regard.