The Bihar authorities on Monday banned sale, transportation and storage of fish for 15 days in Patna Municipal company space, after experiences confirmed presence of poisonous chemical formalin in samples.
The choice was taken following the report of Kolkata’s Central Meals Laboratory, which confirmed using formalin and different heavy minerals like lead, cadmium and mercury past the permissible restrict in all 10 samples of fish collected from Patna, officers stated.
“Holding public security and well being in thoughts, the division has determined to ban sale, transportation, storage of all forms of fish for 15 days in Patna Municipal company space.
“All of the 10 samples have been discovered unsafe for human consumption beneath Meals Security and Requirements Act 2006,” Bihar Well being Division’s Principal Secretary-cum-Meals Security Commissioner Sanjay Kumar advised reporters right here.
Meals Security Officers had collected 10 samples from Patna Municipal Corpration space on October 10, 2018 and despatched them to the Central Meals Laboratory, Kumar stated, including, the specimen included native fish and people imported from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
Formalin was present in extra of permissible restrict in seven samples, whereas the heavy metals have been detected in all 10 samples, he stated.
Meals Security Officers have been directed to gather recent samples from completely different cities, together with Muzaffarpur, Purnea, Darbhanga, Bhagalpur, Gaya and Patna, Kumar stated and added that needed motion can be taken primarily based on the experiences of CFL, Kolkata.
Mr Kumar stated that it might take six-eight weeks to obtain the experiences of the brand new samples.
The well being division would additionally ask Animal Husbandry Division officers to ship an knowledgeable staff to West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.
“Our officers (the knowledgeable staff) will apprise of the CFL report back to their counterparts in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and would request them to get the matter probed,” he stated.
Mr Kumar stated these discovered violating the provisions of the Meals Security and Requirements Act, 2006 might appeal to both imprisonment of as much as seven years or fantastic of as much as Rs 10 lakh or each.
The usage of formalin and different heavy metals past the conventional restrict might trigger varied illnesses in people like pneumonia, bronchitis, Hepatitis and most cancers, the officers stated.