India’s health ministry has issued a ban on eating fish and fish products sourced from Asian countries as it attempts to tackle a rise in the consumption of Asian-influenced food products.
The ministry has advised Indians to limit their intake of fish and seafood products to about 1kg per day, which includes frozen fish, sardines, shrimp, sashimi and tuna.
The government is also urging consumers to avoid consumption of seafood and seafood substitutes.
“The government has issued an alert to ensure the safety of food supplies for the people in the country,” said a government official, adding that the government would soon issue a circular for consumers to heed the instructions.
The advisory comes amid a surge in fish consumption, which is believed to be partly linked to a recent global pandemic, and has been blamed on an increase in fish and shellfish consumption in the region.
According to the World Health Organisation, about 85 percent of the global population consumed at least one fish or seafood product in the last decade.