ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Goa’s Fishy Tale

Formalin Raises Acute Concerns

Goa was in the midst of a “fish crisis” as the controversy over fish preserved in formalin being sold in the markets emerged. For a state heavily dependent on fish, the issue brings to the fore questions of food safety and the politics surrounding supply of fish in Goa.

Goa witnessed an unusual panic over July, and which involved its favourite food—fish—along with the credibility of some prominent politicians.

Almost without warning, the issue of formalin-laced fish erupted in the wholesale fish markets of Margao, the south Goa commercial capital, some 30 kilometres from Panaji or Panjim. Formalin is an aqueous solution of the chemical compound formaldehyde, which is otherwise used in tanning, as a disinfectant, an embalming agent and a soil sterilant. It is classified as a human carcinogen, or cancer-causing substance.

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Updated On : 24th Aug, 2018
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