Iva, who ‘confirmed’ formalin in fish, relieved of duty as FDA S Goa designated officer

Panaji: A year after the lady officer Iva Fernandes
‘confirmed’ the presence of ‘formalin’, a cancer-causing agent, in the fish
imported from the neighbouring states, she has been relieved by the health
department of her responsibilities as the South Goa designated officer of Food
and Drugs Administration (FDA).

In an order dated July 17, 2019, issued by Secretary
Health J Ashok Kumar, the department has appointed North Goa designated officer
of FDA Richard Noronha and given him the charge of the food safety
administration of both, North Goa and South Goa districts with immediate
effect.

However, in the order, the department has not cited any
reason for Fernandes’ removal.

Fernandes had filed a case before the Goa Human Rights
Commission (GHRC) in September 2018 alleging that she was being harassed by FDA
director Jyoti Sardesai.

In her complaint, Fernandes had claimed that she was
being subjected to open hostility on an almost daily basis by the FDA director
and humiliation in front of staff members and the public after the
formalin-in-fish raid episode of July 12, 2018. She has also claimed that she
was sidelined and bypassed while taking the administrative decision after the
raid.

The GHRC, which has taken cognisance of her complaint,
has adjourned the matter for receiving affidavit-in-evidence to start cross
examination.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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