Bihar considering to ban ‘cancerous’ Andhra fish, says minister

Bihar considering to ban ‘cancerous’ Andhra fish, says minister

PATNA: The state government in Bihar is seriously considering about banning sale of fish supplied from Andhara Pradesh after finding it “cancerous”.

“We are considering to ban import and sale of fish supplied from Andhra as they have been found cancerous during laboratory tests,” the minister for animal husbandry and fisheries Pashupati Kumar Paras told The Bihar Post on Saturday.

According to the minister, his department is sending the file to the chief minister to take a decision over the issue.

As per the reports, the state government had recently sent the fish samples for laboratory tests at two places, including one at Kolkata during which the samples tested positive for toxic chemical formalin blamed for cancer-related disease.

At present, several Indian states such as Goa, Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur have already banned the import of Andhra fish.

Bihar has to depend to other states for fish as the state is unable to meet the total demand.

According to market estimates, the state needs around 6.42 lakh metric tonnes of fish annually against which it produces around 5.10 lakh metric tonnes.

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