SHILLONG, July 19 - Meghalaya Food Safety officials today began random testing of fish samples using the latest test kits for traces of carcinogenic formalin in fishes imported from other States, an official said.
�Today, food safety officials conducted 20 random tests on fishes imported from other States mainly from Andhra Pradesh and they were all tested negative for formalin,� Food Safety deputy commissioner SN Sangma said.
Today the tests were conducted on fishes collected from wholesalers in the State capital and from tomorrow, fishes samples in other districts will also be tested using the CIF Test kits, he said.
The State is awaiting 13 more fish samples sent for detailed testing at the State Laboratory in Assam. 13 of the 26 samples were tested negative for formalin, Sangma said.
Meghalaya imports about 21,000 million tonne of fishes annually from Andhra Pradesh and Assam, Fisheries Minister Comingone Ymbon said. He said the State produced only 12,330 mt in 2016-17 while the total requirement is about 33,000 mt annually. � PTI