Nagaland has banned storage, distribution and sale of fish treated with formalin or other forms of preservatives.

With the prohibition in place, reports said that the demand for dry fish has increased in the Northeast state giving rise to fear of an impending price hike in the rate of dry fish items.

News agency UNI on July 2 reported that the trade bodies like the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) appears to have detected that a spike in the price of dry fish items may be in the offing as hoarders were trying to create artificial shortage. To prevent this, DCCI has issued a warning to the hoarders.

“Grievances cell convener Omega Yeptho along with members had a meeting with dry fish wholesalers and took assurance that price of dry fish will not be increased despite being off season. Omega also urged the dry fish wholesalers to make dry fish available “as fresh fish is in shortage,” DCCI said.

The ban came into effect after food safety commissioner-cum-commissioner & secretary Himato Zhimomi issued an order on June 22 prohibiting storage, distribution and sale of fresh fish products, including Crustaceans, treated with formalin or other forms of preservatives in Nagaland for a period of three months or till corrective measures are taken with immediate effect.

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