No truck carrying fish would be
allowed to enter Goa unless the consignment complies with
guidelines of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA)
department, the state government said Wednesday.
The Association of Fish Wholesalers in the state had
said they needed two months' time before they could ensure
compliance with quality norms set by the state FDA.
The association had also told the FDA that testing of
fish in markets should be resumed so that retailers regain
people's confidence about the quality of fish.
The import of fish into the coastal state has stopped
after the Goa government withdrew permission to wholesale fish
traders to bring fish from outside, asking them to adhere to
FDA guidelines to get the permission.
"Representations without complying with FDA
guidelines would be put in a shredder and thrown into
dustbin. There is no question of I even interacting with them
without these people complying with FDA guidelines," Health
Minister Vishwajit Rane said Wednesday.
Wholesale fish traders had suggested that FDA officer
Iva Fernandes, who first certified that fish imported from
outside was contaminated with formalin (a toxic substance used
for preservation of cadavers), should be made in-charge of the
fish testing facility.
People will begin to trust the quality of fish sold in
local markets only when Fernandes certifies that there is no
formalin contamination, they had said.
Rane, however, refused to entertain this demand.
"We are here to serve the people of Goa. There is no
question of heeding anybody's representation or advice when
they have not even come forward to comply with FDA
guidelines," he said.
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