Formalin in fish: Food safety officers told to collect samples for quality check

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Bhubaneswar: The Health & Family Welfare Department on Monday directed the public health officers-cum- designated officers of all the districts to collect samples of fish from their respective areas for quality testing.

In a letter, the Commissioner of Food Safety has asked the designated officers to instruct the concerned food safety officers to collect random fish samples from the local market and packets in ice–containers for laboratory testing.

The food safety officers have been directed to send the collected samples to the State Food Testing Laboratory in Bhubaneswar for quality check.

This apart, the designated officers have been directed to personally supervise the fish sample collection and keep the District Collectors or Municipal Commissioners informed about the development of the alarming issue.

Notably, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development on July 13 had found traces of cancer-causing formalin in Pomfret fish samples procured from the Unit-IV fish market in Bhubaneswar. The Cuttack Municipal Corporation on Sunday conducted raids on several fish markets and godowns in the city and sent the samples for laboratory testing.

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