The Truth Behind Formalin in Seafood – Our take
The demand for fish has always been high in the southern states for a few years now. So, when the 45 days or 61 days fishing ban period was introduced in the 1980s to enable fish to spawn, seafood from other states started getting sent to make up for the loss of inventory in states where the ban was in place. Months of June-July are when the ban is in place in the east coast and July-August is when the ban is in the west coast.
For the last 5 to 10 years, when the ban has been in force in the western coast, demand for seafood in states like, Goa, Coastal Karnataka, Kerala has been so high that seafood from states close to the eastern coast has been pouring in torrents. The seafood sent used to all get sold. This is the story for every day till the fishing ban is in place.
Now, in this environment why would any straight thinking human being want to add Formalin to increase the shelf life of the seafood? The world class government run fisheries department has time and again informed that there are no Formalin traces. But then the news outlets keep this completely “fake news” with interviews with some “experts” who do not have access to infrastructure like the fisheries departments and continue to say that it is a common prevalent practice. How ignorant can we be?
Time and again some rumour is started and then before you can come to your senses it spreads around like wildfire. The funny part is this year even before the Formalin news outbreak happened, one of our relatives living in Goa (a sweet lady in her 70s who till date does not understand the idea of fishing bans that happen every year) tell us “Don’t eat Fish now”…”Tek haai nakka”. She says this every year at around the fishing ban season.
This whole idea of Formalin being used was actually started in Africa during the early part of this year. People get wind of such news in India, start a rumour and don’t realize the damage to countless lives such a stupid act can cause.
Well, as a company that has been in this business since the 70s, exporting products caught in the India waters to the Middle East, Far east Asian countries, we do not believe in this rumour. It is perfectly safe to eat the seafood caught in India waters. If not us, please trust the word that is put out by our Fisheries departments. We call them world class because they actually do world class work, are very efficient and some of their research has transformed countless lives in our country. So, go ahead and eat your fish today. There is no need to be scared.