Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Japanese Fish - Confusion As Importer Fights Back

Dar Es Salaam/Arusha — The mystery surrounding the clearance of 124.9 tonnes of fish imported from Japan last week deepened yesterday, with the company behind the consignment denying that the consignment was contaminated with dangerous nuclear elements.

The Alphakrust Company general manager, Mr Ganeshan Vedagire, told The Citizen he was surprised at the orders to withhold the fish despite meeting all the local and international safety requirements for importation.

Only 225 kilogrammes of the controversial consignment of fish that had already been released into the market had been recalled by yesterday. There was no clear indication of how much had been sold, with stated figures ranging from 1.39-4 tonnes.

Government agencies that earlier certified the consignment as safe and cleared it for sale scrambled to recover the remaining portion and carry out fresh tests. The Citizen learnt that the government ordered the large consignment seized at the weekend following a tip from a member of the public who claimed the fish had been cleared without being tested for radio-active material.



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