The Agriculture Ministry had 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 across the country.
The Kerala Agricultural University, Vellayani, which collected 1,197 samples, found 26 per cent of them having measurable concentrations of one or more pesticides, while 7.9 per cent of all the samples were identified as having exceeded the MRL.
“Majority of the MRL exceedance (5.5%) was found in cardamom (spice) samples. Pesticide residues most frequently found above MRL in cardamom were of quinalphos. Concentrations of imidacloprid, cyhalothrin-l and chlorpyrifos were found exceeding the FSSAI’s MRL in the samples of vegetables, fruits and rice,” the report said...................Read more
Source: The New Indian Express