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Report of Expert Committee setup on the Orders of High Court of Delhi to frame a policy for Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Fruits & Vegetables

http://agricoop.nic.in/ Report of Expert Committee setup on the Orders of High Court of Delhi to frame a policy for Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Fruits & Vegetables. On the directions dated 5th March, 2014 of the Hon,ble High Court of Delhi in W.P. No. 7495/2010 –Court on its own motion Vrs. U.O.I. & Others the competent authority has decided that the report of Expert Committee to frame a policy for Monitoring of Pesticide Residues in Fruits & Vegetables. Click here for more details.  

Residential Proximity to Methyl Bromide Use and Birth Outcomes in an Agricultural Population in California

Background: Methyl bromide, a fungicide often used in strawberry cultivation, is of concern for residents who live near agricultural applications because of its toxicity and potential for drift. Little is known about the effects of methyl bromide exposure during pregnancy. Objective: We investigated the relationship between residential proximity to methyl bromide use and birth outcomes. Methods: Participants were from the CHAMACOS (Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas) study (n = 442), a longitudinal cohort study examining the health effects of environmental exposures on pregnant women and their children in an agricultural community in northern California. Using data from the California Pesticide Use Reporting system, we employed a geographic information […]

United States finds pesticide residue in basmati, exports plunge

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/commodities/united-states-finds-pesticide-residue-in-basmati-exports-plunge/articleshow/20851768.cms NEW DELHI: Basmati rice exports to the US have plunged because many Indian firms are under an import alert by the US authorities, leading to a detailed scrutiny for pesticide residue in every grain being shipped out. This has raised costs, upset schedules and obstructed sales, prompting exporters to seek government intervention. In the first quarter of calendar year 2013, exports were down to 19,583 tonne. With 31 Indian rice firms under US FDA import alert amid 100% scrutiny, the rice export lobby feels that the US is employing a virtual zero-tolerance policy on Indian pesticides that have been used around the world for years and raised no health concerns. US diplomatsic officials […]

‘Panel formed to check pesticide residues in fruit, veggies’

PTI | 07:03 PM,Mar 20,2012 http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/panel-formed-to-check-pesticide-residues-in-fruit-veggies/977610.html New Delhi, Mar 20 (PTI) The Centre has formed an expert committee to examine periodically the fruits and vegetables, available in the open market, to ascertain if they contain pesticide residues, the Delhi High Court was informed today. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A S Chandhiok told a bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Rajiv Shakhder that the senior Union Agricultural Ministry had on February 14 convened a meeting of its senior officials with those of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Delhi government’s Health Ministry on the issue. “A six-member committee headed by the joint director of the […]

Up to 18 pesticides found in vegetables you buy in Hyderabad: National Institute of Nutrition study

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/up-to-18-pesticides-found-in-vegetables-you-buy/240226-60-121.html HYDERABAD: If the adage ‘you are what you eat’ is true, Hyderabadis stand the risk of exposure to lethal pesticides in the vegetables they consume. A study carried out by the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) has found that pesticide residues in some of the vegetables and fruits sold at Rythu Bazaars or by street vendors are above the internationally stipulated maximum residual levels (MRL). Green grapes and okra (lady’s finger) are the most contaminated. The NIN study analyzed fruits and vegetables sold by Rythu Bazars and street vendors in five zones in Hyderabad: Erragadda, Kukatpally, Mehdipatnam, Falaknuma and Lal Bahadur Nagar. It assessed residual pesticide levels in egg […]

It’s eating us: Vegetables grown with pesticides and polluted water

Nilanjana S Roy / New Delhi July 16, 2011, 0:55 IST The aloo wars of 2005 are now barely remembered, but for a brief while, the question of whether Indian potatoes were infected or not became a cross-border issue. Pakistan quarantined the Indian aloo in September 2005 as part of a larger vegetable skirmish, but after a barrage of virus tests and some discreet diplomacy, the offending potatoes were finally allowed to cross the Wagah border. In 2005, the health risks of vegetables were just about becoming part of mainstream concern — they took a back seat to the rampant scare stories caused by the spread of mad cow disease. […]

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