MCCI president Tsukti Longkumer with representatives of fish traders, MMC staff and Food Safety Officer with at a fish godown in Mokokchung after the ban on import and sale of fresh fish was relaxed. (Photo Courtesy/MCCI)
Mokokchung, November 21 (MExN): Following the relaxation of ban on the “sale of fish and fish products, import of fresh fish and other fish products into Mokokchung District from outside” by the Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung on November 14, fish traders have started importing fresh fish and are now being sold in the retail market from November 21.
A press release issued by Limalenden Longkumer, General Secretary, Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) mentioned that the Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung relaxed the ban “with the condition that the fish consignment will be first sent to Kohima for laboratory testing before the retail sale and further sample laboratory testing of fish will be from time to time.”
Fish samples from the first consignment since the relaxation of the ban were sent to Kohima for laboratory testing for formalin or other foreign substance content, the results of which were found to be negative and safe. The test results were received on November 20.
Meanwhile, the MCCI has conveyed its appreciation to the district administration and the Mokokchung Municipal Council for their sincerely discharging their duties in resolving the matter. MCCI also appreciated the fish traders’ community for cooperating with the authorities and complying with the ban that lasted for more than four months. MCCI also appreciated the Food Safety Officer for timely and sincere intervention, especially during the latest sample laboratory testing wherein the result was received within 24 hours.