Experts here at a discussion on Wednesday claimed that no harmful chemical ingredient has been detected in the locally produced Tilapia fish (Oreochromis), agencies report.
They came up with the assurance in response to propaganda against the locally produced Tilapia fish by blogs and Facebook pages based in the United States as well as some local media.
Chaired by director general of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BRFI) Dr Yahiya, the discussion was addressed by Fisheries and Livestock Secretary Md Maksudul Hasan Khan and director general of the Fisheries Department Dr Syed Arif Azad.
The speakers said BRFI collected 50 samples of Tilapia from different parts of the country and examined those, but it did not find any harmful chemical in the fish.
Bangladesh produced 3.48 lakh tonnes of Tilapia in 2015 which is about 10 percent of the global production. BRRI introduced Malaysian Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) Tilapia in the country in 1985.