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Fish in Sri Lanka kept in formalin

Staff writer ▼ | July 31, 2013
Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Johnston Fernando said that his Ministry has received complaints alleging that fish retailers and wholesalers in Sri Lanka are using formalin to prevent fresh fish from getting spoilt.
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FishMinister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Johnston Fernando said that his Ministry has received complaints alleging that fish retailers and wholesalers in Sri Lanka are using formalin to prevent fresh fish from getting spoilt.


Formalin is a chemical substance used to embalm bodies. The Minister has instructed the officials of the Consumer Affairs Authority to conduct country wide raids on fish retailers and wholesalers to verify the authenticity of these allegations, as such unscrupulous traders are risking the lives of innocent consumers.

CAA officials have collected samples from fish markets and sales points around the country and has referred them to the Government Analyst's Department for a comprehensive report.

The Minister said that CAA will take stern legal action against any trader found to be using formalin upon the receipt of report from the Government Analyst.


 

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