Kohima, February 23: In another major health scare, at least 1700 kg of fish treated with Formalin were seized and destroyed Saturday in Kohima.
The Government of Nagaland has prohibited the sale of formalin-laced fresh fish products in the State last year after large consignments of fish laced with Formalin were detected from across the State. The Government had notified the banning of fresh fish treated with formalin or any form of preservative and had instructed fish vendors to get sample analyzed before sale by Commissioner Food Safety cum Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department.
Formalin is used to preserve bodies and prevent its decay in mortuaries. The widespread use of the deadly chemical nowadays in the preservation of fish, fruit and other food items is posing a great threat to public health.
On Saturday, a Tata mobile transporting fresh fish from Dimapur to Kohima was intercepted at Bye Pass Check Gate by officials of Kohima Municipal Council. Samples of Rohu, Katla, Pankaj and Prawn were collected and sent to the State Public Health Laboratory for testing (SPHL), and the test report from Food Analyst confirmed the presence of formalin in the fish.
The stock of the fresh fish (1700 kg approx) was seized and destroyed at Ziiriizou (KMC dumping site) in the presence of District administration, police, KMC officials and Food Safety officials. (Page News Service)