Vishwajit admits impossibility of testing every fish, but assures that food safety standards are maintained
PANJIM: Admitting that it is physically not possible to check each and every fish that is imported into Goa, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane assured the people that Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is doing its best to see that food safety standards are maintained.
Rane was reacting to Herald news report that appeared on its Thursday edition under the headline ‘Can Goa trust the FDA Cleared imported fish?’
Since the ban on import of fish was lifted on August 3 midnight, about 393 trucks carrying fish have entered the State from Patradevi check post in North and Polem in South. In all 316 vehicles with fish entered from Polem check post, while another 77 vehicles entered from Patradevi. All the fish samples have passed the FDA test.
“I saw the news coverage but have no comments to offer because we are doing our best to see that we take sufficient care and precautions. The testing carried out by FDA is in consultation with Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI),” he said.
The Minister said that FDA cannot examine every fish that is there in the vehicle but has do undertake random checks of fish and the containers. “It is not physically possible to check each and every fish since we have certain restrictions on the number of people we have got who are designated to carry out the spot test,” he said.
“But that does not mean somebody should doubt our credibility. We are accountable to the people of Goa. And hence, I can assure the people that irrespective of what articles appear in the newspaper or TV channels, we are doing our best to see that food safety standards are maintained,” Rane added.
Rane reiterated that if somebody expects that every fish from the container has to be checked, then it is not possible.
The Minister also congratulated the FDA team for working day and night at the check post and undertaking inspection for safety of the people.