Food safety officials explain how to check if a fish is fresh or not




Food safety officials conducted surprise inspections at 329 sites on Tuesday, collecting 374 samples from local fish markets across the state. Thiruvananthapuram had the highest number of expired seafood seized.








Food safety officials carried out surprise inspections at 329 locations in Kerala





Following reports of widespread sale of stale and contaminated fish, Kerala’s food safety department has advised consumers to be cautious, even as it has launched a crackdown on sellers of harmful products.












The food safety agency has deployed night and day shifts as part of a wider monitoring effort to ensure the public has access to safe seafood. According to TNIE, the Food Security Commissariat has formed task forces under each district office to carry out inspections at night auction markets, checkpoints and local markets in the state.

Food safety officials conducted surprise inspections at 329 sites on Tuesday, collecting 374 samples from local fish markets across the state. Thiruvananthapuram had the highest number of expired seafood seized.

On the first day of the campaign, officials collected surveillance samples at Amaravila checkpoint and Panchimoodu market. The night fish markets of Venjaramoodu, Kadambattukonam, TB Junction, Poovar and other day markets like Peroorkada, Kesavadasapuram and Maruthamkuzhy, according to an official, would come under scrutiny.












How to check if fish is fresh

  • Use your finger to test the fish. When you press down on the flesh with your finger, the fingerprint should quickly disappear as the flesh bounces back. If it is still present, the fish is not fresh.

  • The eyes of fresh fish will be clear, bright and shiny. They will also have shiny, metallic skin.

  • Look for scales that are closely related. On rotten fish, you will find disjointed ones.

  • The gills of fresh fish are shiny and red. It is brown or faded in stale fish. If there is slime near the gills, the fish is stale.

  • Fresh fish has no fishy smell.












Where to complain?

People can call the toll-free number 1800-425-1125 in case of tampering with food products, especially seafood.











First published: April 26, 2022, 05:38 IST



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