Food safety authority to set standard for naturally occurring Formaldehyde in fish

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is likely to set standards for naturally occurring Formaldehyde in fish by next year. The scientific panel in the Food Safety and Standards Authority is known to have started the process of coming up with a standard for naturally occurring Formaldehyde.

Reports said that the Authority would be finalising the standard by August 2020. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India had taken up the task in the wake of the order of the Bombay High Court in Goa.

The scientific panel would look into 72 major fish that are commercially valuable and that form 90 per cent of fish produced and consumed in the country. This has been stated before the High Court in Goa during the hearing of the same. The counsel also said that various factors had to be looked into before setting a standard. The factors such as sex and age o fish, behaviour of fish, salinity and temperature of the water should have to be looked into for setting up the standard for naturally occurring Formaldehyde. It has also been re4ported that about 116 samples of as many as 31 fish species from four states have been tested. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has said that the analysis and report of the scientific panel would be placed in the first meeting of the Authority. The standards would be then notified in accordance with the Food Safety and Standards Act.

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