Pesticide residue found in fruits including foreign apples, imported plums
Thrissur: Pesticide residue was detected in fruit varieties including packed foreign apples available in market. Insecticides were present in higher quantity on 44 percent of the samples checked in Kerala Agricultural University. Many of the chemicals found in the test were new and are never detected before.
The fruits, vegetables and processed food brought to the market last year were subjected to the test. Acetamiprid was detected in foreign apple and black grapes sold in a hypermarket in Thiruvananthapuram. There were three different pesticides present in seedless green grapes. Imported plum also had pesticide residues.
Among the 68 samples of 36 fruit varieties that were checked as part of the test, 30 samples of 9 fruits had pesticide residues on them. Green chilli, coriander leaves, mint leaves, curry leaves, parsley, broad beans, red and yellow capsicum and sambar chilli also were detected with insecticides more than permitted limit.
There were residues of 7 new types of pesticides spotted in capsicum, bajji chilli, grapes and pink passion fruit sold under the label of organic brand in a large scale supermarket in Ernakulam. More pesticide content was found on produce branded as organic and pesticide-free. Minister V. S. Sunil Kumar said that the government will prevent the use of banned pesticides and also strengthen the facilities for checking.