The Veterinary Office in Dumaguete confiscated early this week several kilos of fish being soaked in additives not considered as food grid, from Building I of the city public market.
City veterinarian Dr. Lourdes Socorro said the confiscated “tamarong” fish were soaked in a fish cooler with “aniel,” a blue dye used as white enhancer for laundry, to make the fish appear like they were freshly-caught.
The fish were confiscated from the stalls of Claro Emon and Mary Jane Inocencio, by fish inspector Isidro Aguilar.
Last week, several kilos of fish with “aniel” were also confiscated by fish inspector Ramon Nodado from the stall of Noemi Cagas.
Socorro considered this illegal act a form of deception that violates the Consumers Act of the Philippines.
Other forms of additives are also being monitored such as “tawas” and “jobus” depending on the color of the fish, the CVO said, adding that these additives enhance the color of the eyes and skin of the fish. These are hazards to food safety and are exposing consumers to danger, Socorro said.
As first offenders, the concerned fish vendors were told to sign a compromise agreement, and if they commit the same infraction, their permits will be cancelled.*JG
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