Officials check formalin contents on frozen fishes

IMPHAL, 9th July: Officials of state food safety wing led by nodal officer Chabungbam Sanajaoba conducted a special drive to check possible formalin contents on imported frozen fishes in the markets of Imphal city on Monday. However, no formalin content was detected during the drive. The officials conducted the drive at Nagamapal, Khwairamband keithel, Ngari Galli, Singjamei Chingamakhong, Singjamei Thongam Leikai and Uripok. Tests were conducted on scales, meat and stomach of the fish samples collected from different outlets. Interacting with media persons, Sanajaoba said that the frozen fish can produce aldehyde on its own. The test kit can detect above 4 ppm of formalin contents and if any sample if found positive of formalin, they will collect legal sample and send it for further testing at Central Food Testing Laboratory. He also said that formaldehyde is a water soluble chemical and one can reduce the formalin content by thoroughly washing the fish meat before cooking. He further informed that a private firm called Media has started large scale production of the test kit and it will be available soon in the market. He also said that they will check samples from Imphal East, Thoubal and Kakching district and other districts subsequently.

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