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Scarcity of detection kits

Despite the spirited efforts to rein in the import of contaminated fish consignments, food safety enforcement faces the prospect of losing steam, thanks to bureaucratic hurdles.

While rapid detection kits, developed by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, have been a crucial component in enforcement, paucity of funds has forced food safety officers to adopt other methods to detect adulteration of fish with formaldehyde and ammonia.

Advance payments are mandatory for procuring the kits from the Central research organisation, which functions under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. However, the State’s enforcement machinery is allowed to make payments only ...

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