Formalin in Fish: Samples collected from fish markets in Cuttack

Cuttack: After traces of cancer-causing formalin were dected from Pomfret samples in Bhubaneswar, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) conducted a raid on several fish markets and godowns on Sunday.

The health wing of the municipal corporation led by food inspector raided the fish markets and collected samples for examination.

Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Secretary Vishal Gagan on on July 13 had confirmed that, “Traces of cancer-causing Formalin was found in Pomfret fish samples collected from Unit-4 fish market in Bhubaneswar.”

This had then rung alarming bell among the people of Odisha as a majority of the population love to have fish in their menu.

Meanwhile, Odisha government has now swung into action and special kits despatched to several coastal districts where huge quantities of fish are being imported from other neighbouring States.
The kits will be used by field officers to check presence of any adulteration and detection of any prohibitory substances to preserve fish stocks.