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Import of formaldehyde fish from Pakistan foiled in Batam

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    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Thu, February 23 2012   /  10:19 am

Dangerous fish. JP/FadliThe Batam Quarantine Office in Riau Islands Province stopped the import of 25 tons of mackerel from Pakistan worth nearly Rp 1 billion proved to contain formaldehyde, an official with the office said.

Head of the Batam Fish Quarantine Office, Ashari Syarief, said that fish importer PT Bintang Nusantara Mulia imported the fish on Feb. 14, 2012 and scheduled to release them to the local market on Feb. 18. A laboratory test conducted by quarantine officials, however, later found that the fish contained formaldehyde.

“They must be either returned to Pakistan or destroyed. Fish containing formaldehyde is dangerous for the human health,” Ashari told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Studies have shown the ingestion of formaldehyde caused vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, and in extreme cases can cause death. According to the prevailing quarantine...