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Lourenco: Can we eat fish without fear?

PANAJI: Goans continue to shy away from eating fish because of fears of it being laced with formalin, mentioned Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco as he puzzled the state govt about the Export Inspection Agency (EIA) and Quality Council of India (QCI) that well being minister Vishwajit Rane had promised to set up.

In a letter to leader minister Pramod Sawant, Lourenco asked him about his stand on the sale of formalin-laced fish and the steps taken through the BJP-led coalition govt to ensure that recent, unadulterated seafood is offered in Goan markets.

“The govt had promised to set up Quality Council of India laboratories at North Goa’s Patradevi and at South Goa’s Pollem borders. What is the status on the laboratories?” Lourenco mentioned.

Union commerce minister Suresh Prabhu in October had also confirmed that a “world-class laboratory” to check food quality could be set up in Goa.

Stating that fish, a staple nutrition of Goans, has taken a backseat since July 2018 after formalin used to be discovered in fish imported from other states through the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) workforce at Margao wholesale fish marketplace, Lourence mentioned, “When will the day come when Goans can consume fish without worry?”

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