Goa govt bans fish im­ports for six months: Min­is­ter

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htnation -

PANAJI:

The Goa govern­ment Satur­day an­nounced a ban on im­port of fish into the state for six months. The move comes against the back­drop of a scare in the coastal state that for­ma­lin, a po­ten­tial can­cer-caus­ing chem­i­cal, was be­ing used to pre­served fish. Goa Health Min­is­ter Vish­wa­jit Rane an­nounced the ban Satur­day and added that its du­ra­tion could be extended by an­other six months, if needed, till mea­sures to check the quality of fish are in place. “Till such mea­sures are in place (to test fish), the im­port of fish into Goa is banned for six months with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” Rane told re­porters. The state is ban­ning fish im­ports for the sec­ond time this year.

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