The Congress in Goa on Wednesday termed the ban imposed by the state government on import of fish in the state till end of this month a ‘knee jerk reaction’ and demanded that attempt to murder case be booked against those applying formalin on fish.
Addressing a press conference at party headquarters in the city, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) spokesperson Agnel Fernandes said,”The decision to ban import of fish in the state has been taken because Assembly Session starts tomorrow and the MLAs will take government to task.”
Stating that there was confusion prevailing over whether fish inherently had formalin or not, he alleged that the step of banning the fish import had been taken to fool the people.
”Minister says formalin is inherent in fish. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director says it is in permissible limit while scientists say there can not be formalin in fish. Now who is correct? An attempt to murder case should be booked against those applying formalin in fish. If it is in permissible limit then why has it been banned and that too for 15 days?. The step has been taken to fool the people. I think the government should take to task the suppliers of the fish. Its nothing short of attempt to murder. Those doing this must be put behind bars,” he said.
The state government on Wednesday decided to impose ban on import of fish from the neighbouring states till end of this month in the wake of controversy over use of formalin for preservation of fish consignments.
On July 12, 2018, Goa FDA had conducted raids in wholesale fish markets in the state in which initially its staff had found presence of formaldehyde — a strong carcinogenic disinfectant used to preserve dead bodies — in fish. However, in a formal statement the agency had claimed that the levels formaldehyde were found to be in permissible limits.
This had attracted wide criticism from the opposition parties who accused the agency of making a U-turn under ‘pressure’.