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July 12 test by FDA on wholesale fish market was “not validated”; inquiry ordered – Health Secretary

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Panaji: Health Secretary Ashok Kumar today ordered inquiry into the entire episode of July 12 stating that the test conducted at wholesale fish market in Margao to determine presence of formaldehyde in the fish was “not a validated” test.

Addressing media persons Kumar said that the test was conducted using Schiff-reagent test, which we were not utilizing it in the past. “But on that day, the test was doing using the Schiff test, which was not allowed. We have now ordered an inquiry to know as why the Schiff test were done and who ordered to conduct Schiff test,” Kumar said.

“Of the samples tested from all 17 trucks, which included four trucks from Goa itself, all were reported to be positive of formaldehyde concentration. This cannot happen. How can all the trucks test positive?” he said.

“The test conducted that day was not a validated test,” Secretary said.

‘Schiff reagent test are not meant to check only the added formaldehyde but all tupes of aldehydes’, he said

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