Health News of Saturday, 1 March 2014


Fisherfolks don’t use formalin for preservation – Ministry

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development says investigations into the supposed use of formalin by fisherfolks to preserve fish in the Central Region has proved negative.

There were reports last year that fisherfolks preserved their catch with formalin, a preservative used to embalm dead bodies.

The news had a massive impact on their businesses as many traders stopped buying fish from the Central Region.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture after launching investigations into the matter stated that tests that were carried out on the fishes from that particular region vindicates the fisherfolks.

Mr Nayon Bilijo said, “I’m happy to announce that since November last year, we have started testing fishes and so far the test has produced a negative result.”

“We want our fish to be healthy and consumers to have faith in our fish, so we are assured that every fish we catch will be sold.”