1. Govt test shows 12.5% food items contain unapproved pesticides

Govt test shows 12.5% food items contain unapproved pesticides

According to the report released by the Agriculture Ministry, the residues of pesticides were detected in 18.7 per cent of the samples, while residues above MRL (maximum residue limit) were found in 543 samples (2.6 per cent).

By: | Published: October 2, 2015 12:58 PM
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According to the report released by the Agriculture Ministry, the residues of pesticides were detected in 18.7 per cent of the samples, while residues above MRL (maximum residue limit) were found in 543 samples (2.6 per cent).

In a major health hazard, the government has found residues of pesticides in a significant number of vegetables, fruits, milk and other food items collected from various retail and wholesale outlets across the country.

Samples collected from organic outlets were also found having residues of pesticides.

Residues of unapproved pesticides were found in 12.50 per cent of the 20,618 samples collected nationally as part of the central scheme ‘Monitoring of Pesticide Residues’, which was launched in 2005.

The samples collected during 2014-15 have been analysed by 25 labs.

In lab findings, non-approved pesticides like acephate, bifenthrin, acetamiprid, triazofos, metalaxyl, malathion, acetamiprid, carbosulfan, profenofos and hexaconazole, among others, have been detected.

According to the report released by the Agriculture Ministry, the residues of pesticides were detected in 18.7 per cent of the samples, while residues above MRL (maximum residue limit) were found in 543 samples (2.6 per cent).

The MRL is being prescribed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

“Out of the 20,618 samples analysed, residues of non-approved pesticides were detected in 12.5 per cent of the samples,” the ministry said in the report.

Residues of non-approved pesticides were detected in 1,180 vegetable samples collected from both retail and farm gate markets, 225 fruit samples, 732 spice samples, 30 rice samples and 43 pulses samples, it added.

In vegetables, the ministry detected the residues of non- approved pesticides such as acephate, bifenthrin, triazofos, acetamiprid, metalaxyl and malathion.

In fruits, non-approved pesticides such as acephate, acetamiprid, carbosulfan, cypermethrin, profenofos, quinalphos and metalaxyl were found.

Non-approved pesticides especially profenophos, metalaxyl and hexaconazole were found in rice, while residues of triazofos, metalaxyl, carbaryl and acephate were detected in pulses.

The ministry collected vegetables, fruits, spices, red chilli powder, curry leaves, rice, wheat, pulses, fish/marine, meat and egg, tea, milk and surface water from retail outlets, Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) markets and organic outlets.

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    Sadasivan
    Oct 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm
    Big Pharma can profit if people become sick.Depotion is also another aim.
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      Sadasivan
      Oct 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm
      One suspects the following:- 1.Water polluted by industrialization 2.This polluted water is used for irrigation.
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        Sadasivan
        Oct 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm
        One suspects the following:- Big Pharma can profit Depotion by the vested interests.
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          Sadasivan
          Oct 2, 2015 at 2:14 pm
          Pesticides and "other unwanted and dangerous material in Food Items may possibly due to:- 1.The desire to DEPOTE b y the vested interests,like those in Gardasil vaccination and the consequent deaths,paralysis and other sickness among the Teen Female Victims. 2.To create diseases so that The Big Pharma can profit. THIS IS A CONSPIRACY LIKE MANY OTHERS.
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            Sadasivan
            Oct 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm
            Pesticides and "other unwanted and dangerous material in Food Items may possibly due to:- 1.The desire to DEPOTE b y the vested interests,like those in Gardasil vaccination and the consequent deaths,paralysis and other sickness among the Teen Female Victims. 2.To create diseases so that The Big Pharma can profit. THIS IS A CONSPIRACY LIKE MANY OTHERS. Please google for:- 1. Big Pharma profit by creating diseases 2.depotion
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              Sadasivan
              Oct 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm
              Pesticides and "other unwanted and dangerous material in Food Items may possibly for,DEPOTION and Big Pharma profit,by making people sick.
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              1. Sanjay B Renge
                Oct 2, 2015 at 5:48 pm
                There is urgent need to set up huge plants across country with R & D Lab , 100% free for all farmers.Need to set up advice centres across country .field data and crop planning for. Pesticide from ginger ,onion ,neem,Cow , turmeric,Tobacco dry and green leafs etc. R & D lab to develop pesticides based on biotechnology produce culture and final biotech product to control use of unauthorised pesticides. Should be offered free to all farmers so that they all come forward to use them with motive. Use of mulching paper to stop unwanted weeds in the field , irrigation through drip system and natural traps to keep male and female animals away from each other to stop multiplication and further production of animals harmful to the crop so as no pesticides are required in the fields at any level. It has been observed that Kidney failure , respiratory problems , allergies, skin and other cancers patients are increasing every day. We are cooly eating poison every day without any cognizance and ending with life or a dialysis due to kidney failures. It is very bad situation out of control of state and central govt. allowing farmers and traders to kill human beings and charging them for food with poison. Govt must have testing lab before selling each food item in the country . On top priority : pure Breath ( Air) , Pure water ,Pure Food and non-allergic cloths and homes without plastic on floor, walls and ceilings .
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