Dimapur, June 29: Deputy Commissioner, Zunheboto, has prohibited the sale of fresh fish products including crustaceans and excluding live fish till further notice or until such time the availability of fresh fish in the district is certified as safe for human consumption by the Food Safety Officer in accordance to the Food Safety Standards (Food Product standard & Food Addictive) Regulation 2011 and provisions of Food Safety & Standard Act, 2006.
DC, Zunheboto, Shanavas C (IAS), in the communiqué also stated that there are numerous reports in the local dailies that fish vendors were found selling fresh fish products treated with Formalin in the various parts of the state, which is highly toxic and injurious to health adding that instances of availability of such treated fresh fish product in the district cannot be ruled out since almost all the fresh fish products are imported from outside the state.
In view of the test result found positive for added Formalin in fresh fish and fish products, import of fresh fish and other fish products into Mokokchung district from outside has been prohibited in the interest of the public health till further order.
Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung, has informed that failure to comply with the order would invite punishment as per the provisions of the law.
It was also reported that on June 28, District Administration, along with MMC and officials of the Medical and Food Safety, conducted a raid and seized few kgs of Formalin added fish from a fish retailer at Alongmen Ward, Mokokchung, which was disposed off the same day.
(Page News Service)