Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Delhi locals are finding themselves in difficult situation, as the Delhi High Court has directed state government to conduct a toxicity test on vegetables.
The alarm was first raised by NGO Consumer Voice in 2010. The test conducted by the Consumer Voice revealed that vegetables and fruits that Delhi people eat everyday are exceptionally toxic, with chemical content that could cause serious health complications. However, the state government washed away the report and said that the NGO’s figures are highly exaggerated.
It has also asked a court-appointed expert committee as well as amicus curiae (assistant to the court) for a much larger sample to be tested and also a checklist of preventive measures, reported Daily Mail UK.
The court's order came on November 6, the last date of hearing in the matter. The order followed a proposal by the Delhi government that the pesticide content present in fruits and vegetables being sold in Delhi falls under permissible parameters and that they were not injurious.
Consumer Voice found that pesticides like chlordane, endrin and heptachlor (which can lead to serious neurological complications, kidney destruction and skin diseases) were profusely being used in fruits and vegetables delivered across Delhi.

The chemicals are used as growing and colouring agents. It also believed that toxins found on the vegetables and fruits had the fatal prospective to cause cancer.
The NGO found numerous debarred pesticides too, and the ratio of certain pesticides was 750 times that of European principles.

The court's own panel of specialists had told the HC that it had been to markets in Kotla, Mayur Vihar, Sarojini Nagar, INA, Defence Colony, Vasant Vihar and Lodhi Estate and found pesticides, toxic colours and hormones existing in the samples it had checked.

The court had ordered an examination of fruits and vegetables for pesticides content during hearing a PIL on May 29.

Consumer Voice In News for Pesticides Issue In Vegetables: