Nagaland has started importing fish from Andhra Pradesh after a ban was imposed around four months back after imported fish were found to be laced with formalin.
On Wednesday, a large consignment of fish from Andhra Pradesh was cleared as safe and without formalin, by the food safety officials from the State Health Department.
The consignment, certified by Andhra Pradesh government, was taken to DDSC stadium early Wednesday morning where random samples were tested by two lab technicians of the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL) mobile testing lab (Food Safety on Wheels) stationed at DDSC stadium.
It was found that the consignment was free from formalin and safe for human consumption.
Later interacting with media at his office chamber, CMO Dr Vikato Kinimi informed that the original plan was to conduct the test at the entry point of the State.
However, in view of traffic snarls after 7 am because of the on-going festive season, it was decided to take the truck to DDSC stadium where the mobile testing lab was brought.
He also disclosed that all stakeholders were invited to ensure transparency.
Dr Kinimi further said that food safety officials will be carrying out surprise checking and that the fish dealers will have to notify the district administration whenever a consignment enters the State.
He also appealed to the public, NGOs, and local bodies to support the department while assuring them that in case of complaints, they can directly approach the CMO’s office.