BAN for continuous monitoring of formalin in fish


Dimapur, October 10: The Business Association of Nagas (BAN) has urged the Government of Nagaland to continue monitoring the sale of fish in the State for presence of harmful preservatives like formalin.
Formalin is a chemical used to preserve dead bodies and prevent its decay in mortuaries.
Appreciating the State Government for prohibiting the sale of fish treated with formalin in the local market, the BAN said the widespread use of the deadly chemical nowadays in preservation of fish and other food items is posing a great threat to public health.
Stating that the onus is now on the Government to continue monitoring the sale of fish in the State, BAN said since most of the fish is imported from outside the State, a strict mechanism can be developed to test the fish before it enters the local market.
“Proper testing and certifying safe food will only increase the credibility of the State Government,” it stated.
BAN also encouraged Naga people and entrepreneurs to venture into fish farming so that the State does not rely on imported fish to meet local demand. As of today the total fish production of the State is 8200 MT which covers about 30% of the total requirement of fish consumption in the State.
BAN further requested the State Fishery Department to pull up its socks to bridge the huge demand-supply gap in the State. (Page News Service)