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Goa to Lift Fish Import Ban

Panaji, Aug 2: The Goa government on Thursday announced that it would lift the ban on import of fish. The 15-day ban till August 5 had been imposed following a scare that toxic formalin was used to preserve fish. The state Health Ministry warned fish traders against importing contaminated fishes and announced the setting up of vetting mechanisms on two border check-posts — Polem, South Goa and Patradevi, North Goa — where the fishes would be first examined by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials before entering the state. An order issued by the Under Secretary (Health) Maria Desouza said the inspection of consignments at the state borders would be carried out for a period of one month from August 5. (IANS)

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