But willing to extend ban: Goa CM
Claiming that formaldehyde was inherently present in fish, fruits, vegetables and even mushrooms, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday told the Assembly that the government was willing to consider extending the 15-day ban on “import” of fish from other States “to remove fear and confusion” among people.
Replying to a calling attention motion on the issue of “formalin in fish”, which had been agitating the on-going monsoon session for three consecutive days with the Opposition forcing adjournments, Mr. Parrikar also urged legislators to stop “politicising” the issue.
Citing laboratory tests, he ruled out the use of formalin by traders to preserve fish in the coastal State.
Mr. Parrikar said that more than 116 samples drawn from various fish markets across the State since July 14, indicated that no added formaldehyde was used.
“The government is ready to consider extending the ban for a further period in the interest of the health of the Goans if the prevailing circumstances warrant the same,” Mr. Parrikar said.
The 15-day ban on ‘import’ of fish imposed by the Chief Minister on July 18 is scheduled to end on July 31.