DIMAPUR, July 7 - Wokha Deputy Commissioner Mana-zir Jeelani Samoon has banned storage, distribution or sale of fresh fish products, including crustaceans, treated with formalin or other forms of preservatives in Wokha district for a period of three months with immediate effect or till corrective measures are taken.
In a notification today, Samoon cautioned that failure to comply with the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, and the notification will attract hefty fines and imprisonment under the Act. The notification has been issued under Clause (a) of sub-section (2) of Section 30 of the Food Act.
Meanwhile, the district administrations of Kohima, Mon, Zunheboto and Mokokchung have also imposed similar bans.
More than 5,280 kg of fish laced with formalin were seized in Kohima by a food safety team of the Health and Family Welfare Department in the presence of Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) and district administration officials recently.
Tests were conducted on fish samples collected from five to six shops in the State capital. As the samples tested positive for formalin, huge quantities of fish were later seized from other shops and disposed of at the KMC dumping site.
The Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry has complimented the Health and Family Welfare Department for banning sale of formalin-injected fish, which pose a threat to human health, in the State. It said that no fish was being imported into the State for sale or auction after the ban.