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Formalin Contamination Sparks Public Outrage: Urgent Action Needed

Correspondent Correspondent
Friday, August 25, 2023
Formalin Contamination Sparks Public Outrage: Urgent Action Needed
Health Alert: Dangerous Formalin Detected in Imported Fish at Mariani Market.

The discovery of formalin, a hazardous chemical harmful to human health, in imported fish being sold at Assam's Mariani fish market has sparked concern among the public and led to action from authorities.

A group called Brihattar Asomiya Yuva Mancha tested the imported fish and found traces of formalin, a substance often used to preserve perishable items. This discovery prompted the organization to inform local officials, and subsequently, the Food Safety Department gathered samples from the fish market for laboratory analysis.

The use of formalin in this context poses a grave risk to public health, as it can have severe consequences for consumers. It has come to light that certain traders have been employing formalin to prolong the shelf life of imported fish, which are then distributed within upper Assam and to other states, disregarding the safety of consumers.

The public is rightly questioning why authorities did not adequately inspect and oversee the use of formalin in the fish market, which serves as a significant trading center for fish. Citizens are demanding effective actions to safeguard the food supply chain and to prevent the improper use of formalin and other harmful substances in preserving fish and other perishable goods.

There is a call for thorough inspections by authorities and the imposition of strict penalties on traders who are found guilty of compromising public health. It is crucial that the well-being of consumers is prioritized over profit-oriented practices that put lives at risk. This incident serves as a reminder of the vital importance of upholding food safety standards and ensuring the overall health and safety of the public.