Nongpoh, July 23: Fish lovers beware! After Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, traces of cancer causing chemical formalin were found in an aquatic species sold in the headquarter of Ri Bhoi district on Monday.
A team of experts led by officials from the Food and Safety and Fisheries department conducted raids in a fish market and Fresh outlets in the headquarter.
Test reports confirmed formalin content in fish sold in Nongpoh market. The carcinogenic substance tested positive in one of samples of fish.
After the positive reports, the State Government will now decide on the need to ban import fish sold in the State of Meghalaya, sources said.
“We have supplied testing kits to the districts to examine the fish samples at regular intervals and make traders aware about the dangerous chemical,” fisheries minister, Comingone Ymbon said.
“I have discussed with Health Department after the formalin content was found. They will take the decision to ban on fish imported from neighbouring States,” Fisheries minister said.
Health experts said as it is a carcinogenic chemical and has got the ability to produce serious health hazards like cancer in lung, nasopharynx, oropharynx and nasal passage, regulatory bodies should take necessary steps to stop formalin treatment of fish.
Recently, Assam Government had banned import and sale of fish from Andhra Pradesh and other States for 15 days as laboratory tests revealed the presence of formalin in the samples.