SHILLONG, July 18 - Meghalaya Fisheries department today received 14 Formaldehyde Detection Test kits from Cochin-based Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT).
CIFT is a subsidiary of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR). Incidentally, ICAR, North Eastern Region based at Umiam, which conducts myriad research and workshops on fisheries don�t have this basic formalin testing kit.
An official source said that the kits would be shared between different departments to carry out random sample test of fish in the State. Two out of the 14 test kits has already been provided to the Food Safety Commission (FSC).
Meanwhile, Health Minister AL Hek said after a meeting that reports of 50 per cent of the fish samples sent to the Guwahati-based Public Health Laboratory has returned negative.
The remaining reports would be sent on Thursday. Hek said based on the findings of the remaining reports and also the random testing of fishes, the Government would decide whether imported fishes needs to be banned like in other States.
On the other hand the Health and Fisheries departments held a meeting with the Fish Wholesalers� Association of the state on the issue. Most of these wholesalers deal in fishes imported from Andhra Pradesh.