113 metric tonnes of stale fish seized within 12 days
Thiruvananthapuram: Health minister K K Shailaja said that the 'Operation Sagar Rani' initiated by the food safety department will be strengthened as contaminated fish is widely sold across the state. Health, fisheries, police and revenue departments also will cooperate with food safety department in the raids.
In total, 113 metric tonnes of fish was seized in 12 days of launching the operation. It has been found that the stale fish is mixed with fresh fish in order to escape from raids and checking. Also chemical substances are used to preserve dried fish. Strict action will be taken against those who engage in such activities.
The food safety department is responsible for ensuring quality of food items including fish. People should cooperate with the attempts to fulfill this duty, the minister requested. Raid was conducted in 221 centres across the state on Thursday and 282 kilograms of stale fish was seized and destroyed.