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Decrease in Fish Exports from Burma to Bangladesh

BANGLADESH - Burma's fish exports to Bangladesh have decreased since Bangladesh authorities found the chemical formalin in some fish in the country couple months ago.

An official from the fishery department in Cox's Bazar said Burma was previously exporting about 90 to 100 tons of fish to Bangladesh daily through the Teknaf Trade Zone but is currently exporting only about 40 tons of fish daily.

"The export of Burmese fish has decreased since Burmese fish was brought under suspicion by the use of the chemical formalin," the official said.

Bangladesh authorities previously suspected Burmese fish contained formalin, but they did not find any formalin in Burmese fish that was tested during the first week of February.

After conducting the round of testing, Bangladesh authorities allowed fish to continue to be exported to Bangladesh as it had been, without any additional regulations.

Since then however, the amount of fish being exported from Burma has gone down.

Source: Narinjara