Government test shows 12.5% food items contain unapproved pesticides

Government test shows 12.5% food items contain unapproved pesticides

Union government has found residues of pesticideVegetables  - News Update 5th October 2015s in vegetables, fruits, milk and other food items collected from various retail and wholesale outlets across the country. It was unveiled by the report released by Union Agriculture Ministry it had analysed samples collected during 2014-15 from various retail and wholesale outlets.

Key facts

These harmful 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.

Samples collected from organic outlets were also found having residues of pesticides. The residues of pesticides 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). Read More

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