10 trucks carrying fish from Goa left for Karnataka without facing any hindrance
PANJIM: After a month-long halt to fish imports, on Thursday nine trucks laden with fish entered the State from Karnataka.
Confirming this, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that the trucks were allowed as they met the guidelines of Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), including transportation of fish in insulated vehicles.
“We have also put in place a mechanism at the border to check the quality of fish that is entering the State,” the minister said adding, “Besides the imports, ten trucks carrying fish from Goa left for Karnataka without facing any hindrance.”
Rane said that the fish import in the State from the neighbouring regions can be permitted only after the wholesale fish traders adhere to the FDA guidelines.
In a letter to Pernem and Canacona police inspectors, FDA Director Jyoti Sardesai has asked them to verify the documents under which the fish is being transported to Goa in addition to the transporter’s licence and insulated vehicle requirement.
Sardesai pointed out that it has come to their notice that some fish traders import fish through insulated vehicles having transporters licence but do not carry proper challans mentioning the name of the party or person by whom or for whom it is being imported.
She said that as per their records no trader has obtained a wholesale licence for trading in fish. “If the fish consignment is imported for domestic consumption by wholesale traders, then the same should not be permitted inside the State till such time the wholesalers obtain the licence from the FDA under Food Safety and Standards Act,” she said.
The State, through FDA, had in November imposed a ban on illegal import of fish into Goa following the scare of formalin being used to preserve fish. The FDA has put up stringent guidelines to import the fish, including need for transport licences and insulated vehicles, for the traders wanting to import fish.
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had recently written to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar requesting him to withdraw the ban imposed on the import of fish in the State. Reacting to the letter, Rane had said that the ban would continue till traders comply with the FDA directives.