Dimapur, June 22: The Government of Nagaland has revealed that most fresh fish products including crustaceans sold by vendors in Nagaland are treated with formalin, which is highly toxic and injurious to health.
This was revealed by State Food Safety Commissioner cum Commissioner & Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, I Himato Zhimomi in notification, while prohibiting storage, distribution or sale of fresh fish products including Crustaceans treated with formalin or other forms of preservatives in Nagaland for 3 months or till corrective measures are taken with immediate effect.
Zhimomi said as per Regulations 9-1 of Food Safety Standards (Food Products Standards & Food Addictives) Regulation 2011, the term “fresh” refers to fish and fish products including Crustaceans that are untreated except for refrigeration, storage on ice, or freezing upon catching at sea or in lakes or other bodies of water in order to prevent decomposition and spoilage.
The notification said distribution, storage and sale of fresh fish products treated with formalin or other forms of preservatives render the article “unsafe” under Section 3 (1) (zz) (v) of Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006.
Notifying the ban on sale, the Food Safety Commissioner warned that failure to comply with the provision of Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006 and the notification will attract penalties up to Rs 10 lakhs with imprisonment under Section 59 of the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006. (Page News Service)