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Pesticide: The silent killer

The rejection of export consignments due to excessive presence of pesticide residues is back in news. This has now become routine. According to an ICRIER study, there were 444 import refusal reports for basmati rice alone in the US between January 2014 and May 2017, mainly due to the presence of higher-than-approved levels of pesticide residues. If this is the case with export consignments from India, one wonders what the situation is with regard to residues in foods meant for domestic markets. There are obviously questions also on the health implications of such residues in our food and environment.  Read more...



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