After the further detection of formalin in state of Assam, the Meghalaya Government has extended its interim ban on fish imported from outside the State.
As per reports, Additional Chief Secretary In-charge of food safety, PW Ingti on Monday said that the ban on import of fish has been extended by another 15 days.
Ingti said that various tests have been carried out and after a review meeting the decision of extending 15 more days had been taken. However, he informed that the move was based on reports of detection of formalin laced fish in Assam.
He further added that concerned officials will continue with the random test carried out by the newly procured equipments.
Meghalya imports around 21,000 metric tonnes of fish from Assam, West Bengal, Odisha and Tripura. The ban has drastically affected the fish vendors as the local fishes that come to the market hardly met the local demand. To further add to the woes, the extremely high prices make it unaffordable for average customers.