Fish samples collected from outlets in Puri, Rayagada

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Puri: Continuing the inspections to detect the presence of cancer-causing formalin in fish, the public health department on Friday conducted raids at several shops and markets in Puri and Rayagada districts.

The officials of the public health department, fisheries and marine fisheries conducted raids at different fish markets and outlets in Puri town and nearby areas today. The officials collected fish samples from the markets for laboratory test. That apart, the officials sensitised the vendors as well as the public about the ill effects of consuming formalin-laced fishes. The toxic chemical can cause cancer, fever and severe headache, the officials informed the vendors.

Similarly, the public health officials collected samples of different varieties of fishes after conducting raids at Over-bridge Bazaar and daily market in Rayagada district. The samples were later sent to the food testing laboratory in Bhubaneswar for testing.

Earlier, traces of cancer-causing formalin were detected in the samples collected from two varieties of marine fishes procured from different markets and outlets in Sambalpur district on Thursday.

The department had earlier ruled out formalin contents in freshwater fish sold in markets across Odisha and said those fishes are safe for consumption.

Notably, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Secretary Vishal Gagan on July 13 had confirmed the presence of formalin in Pomfret fish samples procured from Unit-IV fish market in Bhubaneswar.

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