- Government has been alarmed by formalin-laced galunggong
- The importation will start on September 1
- Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) will conduct inspection at the arrival of the imported galunggong
Based on a report by ABS-CBN News, there have allegations circulating about imported ‘galunggong’ or round scad being contaminated by toxic chemical formalin. Both the health department and fisheries bureau have been alarmed with these allegations.
Last week, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol approved the importation of 17 metric tons of galunggong in between September 1 and December. According to him, this is to stabilize the price even beyond the fishing season’s end.
Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said that other countries like China, allegedly put formalin to the fishes for preservation.
However, according to Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), using formalin is prohibited by Food Safety Act.
In an interview in DZMM, he said, "Umiikot po ang aming tao d'yan at tsini-check po ang ating mga palengke ngayon kung mayroon ngang chemicals na inilagay doon sa isda,"
According to him, fishes contaminated with formalin are unusually firm, repel flies and the scales are usually hard to remove. Galunggong’s current retail price is P140/kilo.
Rest assured that Pamalakaya will conduct inspection once the imported galunggong have arrived at Navotas Fish Port on September 1, 2018.
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