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Andhra Pradesh and Bihar: Andhra fish bone of contention for Bihar by Sanjeev Kumar Verma October 11,2018   |  Source: Telegraph India

The health department is treading cautiously when it comes to banning fish from Andhra Pradesh in the markets of Bihar. The department has decided to collect the fish samples afresh and get them tested at the laboratory before taking any stand on the issue.

The development assumes significance because the animal and fisheries resources department had recently alerted the health department about presence of formalin in the fish coming from the southern state. The chemical, which is carcinogenic, is used for increasing the shelf life of fish.

Sources in the health department said any decision on banning the item would be taken only after sample collections from all the places where these fish come from and sending them to the laboratory. “There are norms and well-defined protocol for collecting the samples as well as getting them tested at designated laboratories,” said an official with the health department, adding that if these norms are not followed those involved in Andhra Pradesh fish trade might move court challenging the department’s decision.

State health minister Mangal Pandey said: “Our field officials would soon complete the sampling collection work after which these would be sent for laboratory testing. The department would take further steps in

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