‘Goa has not banned fish from Karnataka’

MANGALURU: Revenue minister R V Deshpande said the Goa government has not from . Instead, the minister said that they have just become more cautious about the quality of fish being imported
Deshpande said here on Sunday that he has spoken to the health minister of Goa, Vishwajit Rane, and confirmed that there is no ban on fish from Karnataka. However, the Goa government is apprehensive about the alleged application of formalin on fish as a preservative. He said fishermen in Karnataka do not use the chemical for fish, but it is a very difficult situation as fish is being transported to Goa from Kerala and too.

“I held a meeting with fishermen in Ankola recently. The day the Goa government restricted the entry of fish from Karnataka, I had spoken to officials from the district administration, chief secretary and Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane. He said the Goa government has not banned importing fish from Karnataka. Application of formalin to keep the fish fresh in fact spoils its quality, and it affects the health of people. Hence, the minister has told me that they are mandating certification from the food department for imported fish,” said Deshpande.

Delegation to Goa

A delegation of MLAs and fishermen leaders from coastal Karnataka led by MP Nalin Kumar Kateel will be meeting ministers from Goa on Tuesday.

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