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213 kgs of Formalin-laced fish seized at Dimapur


DIMAPUR, JUNE 28: Office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dimapur, along with the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), District Administration and civil society today seized 213 kgs of Formalin-laced fish in and around Dimapur.
Addressing media persons on the seizure at the DMC Office, Food Security Officer (FSO), of the CMO’s Office, Sendong Jamir said that the team conducted tests on 5 different species of fish from the auction market, located at Sematilla, and seized 140 kgs of fish, which were found to be Formalin-laced.
Similarly, 35 kgs of Formalin-laced fish were seized at Duncan Bosti and another 35 kgs were seized at the Sub Jail junction. Fishmongers at Khermahal and Notun Bosti were closed, said the FSO.
“The main source of supply has stopped in the past few days after news of Formalin-laced fish seizures was publicised so we could not collect maximum samples”, said the officials. “The auction market supplies 12000 kg of fish on a daily basis and one can only imagine the amount of Formalin-laced fish we are consuming”, he added.
The presence of Formalin was detected in Catla, Rohu,
Pankaj, Pami and Pomfret fishes, informed the Food Security officials. The seized fish were dumped at the Dimapur dumping site on Thursday evening.
DMC Administrator Moa Sangtam advocated for a mechanism to test fish before they are made available in the market.
Hopefully, the state Government would see the merits of this suggestion and seize the moment without any delay.
(Page News Service)