Deadly chemicals used in fish: Food safety dept strengthens inspection
Alappuzha: The Department of Food Safety has begun inspection across the state based on complaints that deadly chemicals are being used in fish. First phase of inspection will be conducted in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Ernakulam districts.
Consumers from Alappuzha, Charumoodu and Mavelikkara had approached the officials of Food Safety department complaining that fish they buy has no taste and were months old. Thus, the fish samples were collected and sent to food safety lab.
Test kit to identify formalin and ammonia reached the district offices of food safety dept the other day.
Fish from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been imported to Kerala in large quantity. As the demand has increased and availability of fish has gone down in Kerala, price has doubled in the state compared to other states.
The new system here is to store fish in the coastal districts and supply to hinterlands. There are also complaints that imported fish from other states are supplied in Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta branding them as Alappuzha fish.
In recent times, freshwater fish imported from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka also reach Alappuzha, Kollam and Ernakulam districts in large quantities.
It is also reported that the cats and dogs which ate the waste of fish had vomited.