Govt to decide tomorrow whether to ban import of fish

SHILLONG, Jul 17: The state government on Wednesday will decide whether to ban the import of fish coming from outside the state.

It may be mentioned that on Monday official sources in the Meghalaya Health Department said that the second batch of samples were sent for test at a laboratory in Assam few days back, and the test report is yet to come.

“We expect to receive the test report on today (Monday) night or Tuesday,” the official had said.

The samples were collected by the office of the commissioner of food safety to confirm if fish from outside the state have been laced with formalin, after people were apprehensive that the preservative is harmful to people’s health.

A video of perished fish being fried was also circulated in social media.

The final decision on the matter will be taken after a meeting on Wednesday to be held at the state secretariat which will be chaired by Health Minister Alexander L Hek.

On his part, Hek said that as of today he would not want to comment on whether or not import of fish into the state will be banned.

The Health Minister stated that first the government will want to discuss the issue with the department of Food and Safety, of the Health Department and also take the views of the people involved in importing fish.

“As of today we have not yet ban the import of fish. But the final decision on the issue will be taken on Wednesday at a meeting in the state Secretariat to be held at 3 pm,” the Health Minister said.

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