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Fish to be now checked ‘randomly’ not ‘daily’

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Panaji: Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has decided to put an end to daily checks of fish entering from outside State and to conduct random checks of the samples in market, restaurants, etc.

Following the formalin-fish fiasco, the FDA had started daily checks of imported fish at the State borders since August 4 midnight. So far, no fish samples were found laced with chemicals.

 “If there is constant check, one cannot work. However, we have to be cautious to see that food safety standards are maintained and people consume quality fish,” Minister for Health Vishwajit Rane told reporters.

Rane said that random checks will be now conducted at borders, market, restaurants and all those establishments where fish is sold.

 “FDA has lots of activities on a daily basis, and there is also a proposal wherein related departments can be deployed to assist the FDA,” he said indicating random checks will to a certain extent resolve the staff shortage problem at FDA.


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